Headquarters Cooperative Programs - Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems (Nr&saa)
Tropical Plant Genetic Resources and Disease Research
2011 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
1) Improve current decision making capabilities on HC&S land by building robust data on current practices (Temple, Parlier);.
2)Create management plans to maximize yield and stability of feedstock production (Temple, Hilo);.
3)Maximize bioenergy biomass stability and yield while minimizing environmental impacts at watershed scale (Temple, Parlier, Hilo); and.
4)Improve water resource management and optimize biomass production for other production areas in the Hawaiian Islands and Pacific Basin (Temple, Hilo).
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Objective 1: Develop spatial and temporal data sets form historic data for baseline analyses. Objective 2: Simulate current management impacts on feedstock yields and resource inputs. Objective 3: Demonstrate applicability of simulation approaches with validated present practices and explore watershed scale impacts of changes. Objective 4: Improve decision support for assessment of resource conditions, and utilize parallel computing and deep hydrology water balance.
Efforts were focused on establishing the framework for creating management plans to maximize yield and stability of feedstock production in HC&S (Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company) lands. Specific cooperative agreements were just recently established with University of Hawaii and personnel were hired through University of Hawaii to pursue the above activities. The ARS efforts in this collaborative effort with the University of Hawaii are now underway. The project was monitored through meetings, and telephone and email communications.