2012 Annual Report
In addition to development of modeling resources, both groups will work to support the broad dissemination of modeling techniques via known scientific research channels such as TerraGrid. This will provide others with experience gained by researching groundwater issues in the Mississippi Delta.
A full time student employee was recruited with the help of the Arkansas State University's Computer Science Department to assist with the programming needs related to the RUSLE2 program. The student hired transitioned successfully into the software support role. ARS was able to provide additional funding for the development of the RUSLE project resulting in making available both salary and travel funding of this project. Field water monitoring equipment was purchased to be used on this project. This project's SY also served as a mentor for several students interested in this research. In support of these efforts, ASU funded a graduate student to aid in this research as part of the Specific Cooperative Agreement (SCA). Funding was also provided to pay for support of a Software Engineer to work jointly on ARS and ASU projects related to preserving ground water quality. ARS and ASU decided that they would share the cost of funding a software engineer who would work 1/2 time for ASU and 1/2 time for ARS. The student who was hire as the software support person was hired in this new position making his position with ARS vacant. ARS is in the process of trying to fill this vacant position.
It is noted that there was a change in personnel at ASU on March 15th that required reassignment of the Program Director role for this Specific Cooperative Agreement (SCA).