Hi, I'm Ayse Kilic, professor of Civil and Environmental 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 the 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.
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: https://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 the University of Texas at Austin and Utah State University.
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.
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Master of Applied Science
Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciencesincluding specializations in
Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciencesincluding specializations in