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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Impacts of Biofuel Development on Carbon Management and Agricultural Conservation Practices

Location: Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Project Number: 1245-12660-013-14
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Dec 22, 2010
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

Objective:
1. Enhance the current decision support system tools to determine the level of crop residue and biomass needed to maintain economic viability, protect soil carbon, minimize soil erosion, and enhance water quality. 2. Integrate remote sensing data and products in to the DSS to scale-up model from fields to watersheds and regions. 3. Evaluate the DSS with data from on-going CEAP and REAP watershed studies over a range of soil and climate gradient across the U.S. Croplands.

Approach:
Application of the EPIC decision support system developed at HSRL, the SWAT water quality model for assessing the impacts of post harvest crop residue removal on soil erosion, soil carbon management and soil water quality. Model parameters derived from remote sensing will provide the spatial component to enhance the site-specific decisions regarding soil and crop management at the local level.

Last Modified: 7/31/2014
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