MOSES Will Part the Flood of Watershed Data
By Hank Becker
March 19, 1997
MOSES is coming to make it easier to use four natural resource computer
models from USDAs
Agricultural Research Service.
MOSES stands for Modular Operational Soil
Erosion System--a new state-of-the-art graphic interface program. It can
graphically depict information on physical characteristics of a watershed, such
as slope length, steepness, soil type and management factors such as crop
choices and the tillage history of the land. MOSES includes a
"Wizard" that guides users through input choices.
When completed, MOSES will link the
Revised Universal Soil Loss
Prediction Project, the
Erosion Equation and the
Erosion Prediction System using color graphics and audio feedback. ARS
scientists are redesigning the way users generate and organize the information
they must provide to get erosion predictions from these programs.
Since graphic information is understood more easily than numbers, the new
interface should make it quicker, easier and more efficient for model users to
enter information and interpret results. This will be especially helpful to
users at the USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service and Forest Service
and at U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management for solving erosion
problems that are part of their agency's mission.
Scientific contact: Charles
R. Meyer, USDA-ARS National Soil Erosion
Research Laboratory, West Lafayette, Ind., phone (317) 494-8695, e-mail