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.