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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: APPLICATION OF REMOTE SENSING TECHNIQUES TO ADDRESS IMPACTS OF AGRICULTURE ON WATER QUALITY&FISH HABITAT WITHIN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED

Location: Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture Research

Project Number: 1930-13630-001-00
Project Type: Appropriated

Start Date: Jan 22, 2006
End Date: Jan 21, 2011

Objective:
Develop and validate methods to identify critical source areas of soil and nutrient loss in agricultural catchments of the Chesapeake Bay drainage basin using remote sensing techniques, particularly LiDAR-developed topographic maps. A. Develop technology for detection of runoff and erosion prone critical source areas in steeply sloped landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay drainage area. B. Develop technology for detection of runoff and nutrient loss critical source areas in nearly-level landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay drainage area.

Approach:
In order to link the edge-of-field effects of agricultural management practices to down stream impacts on water quality and fish habitat, LiDAR-developed topographic maps and other remotely sensed data will be used to detect runoff and erosion prone areas in steeply sloped landscapes, target site-specific ditch and field management practices in nearly-level landscapes, and characterize stream channel processes. Research will be conducted at sites representative of landscapes and agricultural practices within the Potomac and the watersheds, estuaries and marine ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay drainage basin, including the Mid-Atlantic Highlands of Appalachia, Allegheny Plateau, Valley and Ridge, and Atlantic Coastal Plain.

Last Modified: 9/23/2014
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