Ayse Kilic

Ayse Kilic

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Title Hydrologic Information Systems Specialist
Address 311 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0973
Phone 402-472-8024
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail akilic3@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Ayse Irmak, assistant professor of Civil Engineering, and a faculty member at the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT), which is based in the School of Natural Resources. Before joining the School of Natural Resources in 2007, I was a research assistant professor in UNL's Department of Biological Systems Engineering, and a post-doc at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

The main focus of my research interests is in application of remote sensing to estimate land surface evapotranspiration (ET). The more dependable and universal satellite-based models employ a surface energy balance (EB) where ET is computed as a residual of surface energy. I and my research team are using SEBAL and METRIC models which use the CIMEC approach (Calibration using Inverse Modeling of Extreme Conditions). Recently, I have been studying land-water-atmosphere interactions to understand the impacts of land use/land cover (LULC) change on local to regional hydrology in the U.S. High Plains. The goal of this research is to fingerprint the anthropogenic forcing/signatures of LULC change and discriminate among the causes of natural climate variability for better understanding of past climate variations.

Ayse Irmak in field with research project.
Ayse Irmak in field with research project.

I am also working in surface water hydrology, and in particular in the application of geographic information systems (GIS) to hydrology. I'm working on development of the Nebraska Hydrologic Information System (HIS), which is designed to provide improved access to evapotranspiration and other hydrologic data, and synthesis into a digital watershed.

HIS is going to be one of the first tools available that will allow farmers/decision makers to check the ET rates for their individual fields, down to a resolution of 30 meters. This line of research can help decision-makers at all levels to understand what kind of water management practices might be needed to ensure that groundwater use is sustainable. More information about my research can be found on my home page: http://snr.unl.edu/kilic/

I've been involved in teaching GIS, hydrology, and water resources courses at the university level. I teach the following courses regularly: (1) Introduction to Geospatial Information (NRES 312) every fall and spring and (2) GIS in Water Resources (CIVE 898) every fall. I co-teach the GIS in Water Resources course together with University of Texas at Austin and Utah State University. The course is captured on streaming video, and the most recent offering of this course, in Fall 2006, can be viewed at http://snr.unl.edu/kilic/giswr/2010/

Ayse Irmak and family in 2009 at the castle of Kizkalesi (Corycus). The castles was built  in the 12th century.
Ayse Irmak and family in 2009 at the castle of Kizkalesi (Corycus). The castles was built in the 12th century.

I am a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)-Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of (a) Crop Coefficient Task Committee and (b) Standardization of Reference Evapotranspiration in Irrigation Hydrology Task Committee. I am also serving in the ASABE-SW-244/Standardization Committee for ASAE EP505 Weather Station Instrumentation and Measurement and Reporting Practices for Automated Agricultural Weather Stations.

Selected Publications

Irmak, A., and B. Kamble. 2009. Evapotranspiration Data Assimilation with Genetic Algorithms and SWAP Model for On-demand Irrigation. Irrigation Science. 28:101-112 (DOI 10.1007/s00271-009-0193-9).
Irmak, S., D. Mutiibwa, A. Irmak, T.J. Arkebauer, A. Weiss, D.L. Martin, and D.E. Eisenhauer. 2008. On the scaling up leaf stomatal resistance to canopy resistance using photosynthetic photon flux density. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 148:1034-1044.
Singh R., and A. Irmak. 2009. Estimation of Crop Coefficients Using Satellite Remote Sensing. J. Irrig. And Drain. Eng., ASCE 135(5): 597-608 (DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000052).
Irmak, A., and S. Irmak. 2008. Reference and crop evapotranspiration in south central Nebraska: II. Measurement and estimation of actual evapotranspiration. J. Irrig. And Drain. Eng., ASCE 134(6):700-715.
Irmak, A., S. Irmak, and D.L. Martin. 2008. Reference and crop evapotranspiration in south central Nebraska: I. Comparison and analysis of grass and alfalfa-reference evapotranspiration. J. Irrig. And Drain. Eng., ASCE 134(6):690-699.
Irmak, S., E. Istanbulluoglu, and A. Irmak. 2008. An evaluation of evapotranspiration model complexity versus performance in comparison with Bowen ratio energy balance measurements. Transactions of the ASABE 51(4):1295-1310.
Singh, R.K., A. Irmak, S. Irmak and D.L. Martin. 2008. Application of SEBAL for mapping evapotranspiration and estimating surface energy fluxes in south central Nebraska. J. Irrig. And Drain. Eng., ASCE 134(3):273-285.
Irmak, A., J.W. Jones, W.D. Batchelor, S. Irmak, J.O. Paz and K.J. Boote. 2006. Analysis of spatial yield variability using a combined crop model-empirical approach. Transactions of the ASABE 49(3):811-818.
Irmak, A., J.W. Jones, W.D. Batchelor, S. Irmak, K.J. Boote, and J.O. Paz. 2006. Artificial neural network model as a data analysis tool in precision farming. Transactions of the ASABE 49(6):2027-2037.
Irmak, S., A. Irmak, T.A. Howell, D.L. Martin, J.O. Payero, and K.S. Copeland. 2008. Variability of alfalfa-reference to grass-reference evapotranspiration ratios in growing and dormant seasons. J. Irrig. And Drain. Eng., ASCE 134(2):147-159.

Educational Background

  • BE - Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey, Agricultural Structures and Irrigation Engineering (1993)
  • ME - Mediterranean (Akdeniz) University, Antalya, Turkey, Agricultural Structures and Irrigation Engineering (1995)
  • ME - University of Florida, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (1998)
  • PhD - University of Florida, Agricultural and biological Engineering with minors in Urban and Regional Planning and Computer Information Science and Engineering (2002)

Awards

  • 2010 – Best Honorable Mention Paper Award awarded by Irrigation and Drainage Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers-Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) 
  • 2010 – Best Honorable Mention Paper Award awarded by Irrigation and Drainage Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers-Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) 
  • 2010 – Best Honorable Mention Paper Award awarded by Irrigation and Drainage Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers-Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) 
  • 2008 [June] – Popular Environmental and Water Resources Paper awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) 
  • 2006 – ASABE Honorable Mention Paper Award awarded by American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Society 
  • 2005 – Best Practice Paper Award in the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Award awarded by Irrigation and Drainage Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), Anchorage, Alaska 
  • 2004 – Second prize winner for the graduate student paper competition awarded by Soil and Crop Science Society of Florida Meetings 
  • 2003 [May] – Young Researcher Award awarded by Florida Section of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, ASAE 
  • 2001 – Outstanding 2001 ASAE annual meeting paper award (IET section) awarded by ASAE Annual International Meetings. Sacramento, California 
  • 2000 – University of Florida Presidential Recognition Award awarded by University of Florida 

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Affiliations (index)

Notable Websites

GIS in Water Resources, Evapotranspiration, Climate Change, Hydrology, Crop Modeling

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title TIR Specifications for Landsat
Starting Date 1/2/2014
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 12/31/2014
Funding Level $98,707.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Earth Engine App to Conserve Urban Water Use
Starting Date 1/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 12/31/2014
Funding Level $55,330.00
Funding Source Google Inc.

 
Grant Title Quantifying the Relative Roles of Local versus Remote Effects on North American Summertime Drought
Starting Date 12/20/2013
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Co-PIs
Feng, Song
Steve Hu
Robert Oglesby
Ending Date 11/5/2014
Funding Level $124,750.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Central Platte Natural Resources District Mapping Evapotranspiration with High Resolution Satelite Data (additional funding)
Starting Date 11/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 6/30/2015
Funding Level $195,916.00
Funding Source Central Platte Natural Resources District

 
Grant Title Mapping Evapotranspiration with High Resolution Satellite Data
Starting Date 11/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 10/31/2012
Funding Level $325,789.00
Funding Source Central Platte Natural Resources District

 
Grant Title Remote Sensing-Based Energy Balance for Mapping Riparian Evapotranspiration
Starting Date 5/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 4/30/2010
Funding Level $29,860.00
Funding Source University of Nebraska Foundation

 
Grant Title Regional Evapotranspiration Estimation Using Land Surface Modeling, Data Assimilation, and Satellite Remote Sensing
Starting Date 10/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 3/31/2010
Funding Level $20,000.00
Funding Source University of Nebraksa-Omaha/National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
GEOG 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences X X X X GEOG/NRES 312
NRES 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences X X X X GEOG/NRES 312