Location: Northwest Watershed Management Research
2011 Annual Report
The completion of the assessment of sophisticated methods for measuring the loss of water to evaporation resulted in the submission of three papers, two of which have been published, one accepted. ARS scientists at the Northwest Watershed Research Center (NWRC) in Boise, Idaho are working with University of Idaho cooperators on how to use Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data to produce an improved Digital Elevation Model (DEM) representation, which resulted in a publication. Software engineering provided by the cooperator (University of Idaho) produced an updated version of the ARS snow and climate modeling software that has now been extensively tested on Sun Solaris, Mac OS-X and Linux, with the release of the IPW, Version 2.1 software. Project progress and status are reported through frequent email, regular project teleconference calls and quarterly meetings with university cooperators. This agreement was established in support of Objective 3 of the in-house project, the goal being to develop improved coupling of surface and below ground models for spatial simulation of snowmelt, runoff, soil temperature and moisture, and streamflow.