2011 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
1. Define end-user requirements for the GIS-based RUSLE2 interface and establish evaluation criteria for the final product.
2. Establish clear objectives and guidelines for use and development of the tool based on input from key agency partners.
3. Identify and evaluate existing methodologies for using high-resolution DEMs to calculate slope length and steepness, as well as determine the most appropriate aggregation of soil loss calculations across a field landscape.
4. Develop a working prototype of a GIS-based RUSLE2 template.
5. Optimize the current RUSLE2 application to handle multiple calculations.
6. Provide demonstrations for GIS-based RUSLE2 template to SWCDs statewide.
7. Provide training and support for statewide use of the GIS-based RUSLE2 template.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Develop a summary report of end-user requirements and agency objectives based on stakeholder meetings and interviews. Prepare a list of final evaluation criteria for the GIS-based RUSLE2 template. Prepare a report on most appropriate methodology for using DEMs to interact with RUSLE2 and most appropriate application of RUSLE2 soil loss calculation across a field landscape. Document functional requirements for a GIS-based tool for statewide application. Evaluate slope length and steepness algorithms for applying LiDAR-derived DEMs to RUSLE2 model. Prepare a beta version of GIS-based RUSLE2 for stakeholder evaluation and obtain feedback on the proposed tool. Provide trainings for beta users on operation of GIS-based RUSLE2 template and develop a written survey tool for stakeholder evaluation as a precursor to a summary report of stakeholder evaluation results. Prepare an enhanced GIS-based RUSLE2 template based on end-user experiences and requirements.
During this period, the key priority has been coordinating software development for the web-based tools to allow for more effective conservation planning. These tools are scheduled for completion in late 2011, with training provided to Natural Resource Conservation Staff and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship staff after the tool is completed. An optimized version of the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) for incorporation into the web-based tool is nearing completion and is being linked with the geographic information system (GIS) interface as a step towards the integration of these components. There are monthly emails and conference calls to provide updates on the progress of the project.