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The purpose of KLEAR is to disseminate research and educational activities regarding Kentucky landscapes. We are focused on several geographic areas and topics across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. One aspect of KLEAR is an undergraduate service-learning studio that collaborates with community partners to improve the quality of life for Kentuckians. This studio has been part of the Department of Landscape Architecture for over 25 years and has been taught by several members of the faculty.

A second aspect of KLEAR includes several landscape/watershed based research projects completed or in progress. The research is largely driven by an effort to answer questions related to characterizing landscapes and watersheds using socio-economic, physical, and biological data in a geospatial environment. Our work often utilizes geospatial technologies and publicly available data from the Kentucky Geography Network and other sources.

Landscape Modeling

Principal Investigator
Brian Lee, Department of Landscape Architecture

Project Summary
A land use modeling study in the Lexington-Fayette Area of Central Kentucky

Walkability and Bikeability

Principal Investigator
Brian Lee, Department of Landscape Architecture

Undergraduate Researcher
Jared A. Cunningham, Department of Landscape Architecture

Project Summary
Walkability and Bikability Assessment and Least Cost Improvement Methodology

Housing Price Study

Principal Investigator
Brian Lee, Department of Landscape Architecture

Undergraduate Researcher
Drew Heering, Department of Landscape Architecture

Project Summary
A study of the effects of the Lexington-Fayette County Urban Service Area on housing price.

The Watershed Atlas Project

Principal Investigator
Brian Lee, Department of Landscape Architecture

Previous Assistant Researcher
Corey Wilson, Department of Landscape Architecture

Previous Undergraduate Researchers
Collin Linebach, Department of Landscape Architecture
Drew Heering, Department of Landscape Architecture

Metropolitan Sprawl Gradient (MSG)

Principal Investigator
Brian Lee, Department of Landscape Architecture

Undergraduate Researcher
Drew Heering, Department of Landscape Architecture

Project Summary
An approach to measuring urban sprawl by proximity, and housing unit and population density.

Forest Fragmentation

Principal Investigator
Brian Lee, Department of Landscape Architecture

Project Summary
Identifying the Extent of Kentucky's Forest Fragmentation

Stream Visual Assessment Protocol (SVAP)

Principal Investigators
Brian Lee, Department of Landscape Architecture 
Christopher Barton, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Barry W. Kew, Department of Landscape Architecture (now at University of Cincinnati)

Gap Change

Principal Investigator

Brian Lee, Department of Landscape Architecture
M. Keith Wethington
Kentucky Deptartment of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Undergraduate Researcher
Collin Linebach, Department of Landscape Architecture