Wildfires are prevalent events in many areas throughout the world, and this study specifically focuses on wildfires in Western Kansas. The aim of this study is to determine relationships between the landscape, the Alluvial and Dakota Aquifers, and five wildfires to determine possible relationships between these wildfires and groundwater levels. Ideally, water levels from wells within and outside wildfires would be utilized; however, due to the limited number of wells with actual water level measurements in this region, remote sensing imagery coupled with land cover, soil distribution, and soil moisture maps will be utilized to estimate the contribution of wildfires to water level changes. Since the direct groundwater level changes are not able to be determined, external parameters and proxies will need to be used and compared to other regions of the Alluvial and Dakota Aquifers with adequate well data.
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"Attempting to estimate the influence of wildfires on water levels of Alluvial and Dakota Aquifers in Western Kansas,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2023, Article 116.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2023/iss2023/116