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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING SENSOR TECHNOLOGY AND APPLICATIONS IN SOIL PHYSICS, HYDROLOGIC MODELING, REMOTE SENSING AND NATURAL RESOURCE MGMT

Location: National Soil Erosion Research Lab

2012 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this research is to develop a field to watershed scale soil moisture sensor and environmental monitoring network to serve as part of an international project to calibrate and validate satellite remotely sensed soil moisture on a global scale (2 - 5 year project). This project will also have applications for hydrologic modeling, water resources management, effects of climate dynamics on the hydrologic cycle, and sustaining ecological systems.


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Shandong Agricultural University (SDAU) will establish all field sites and provide instrumentation for the sensor network. SDAU will provide all facilities for workshop on-site training. Specific goals to be achieved are: 1. Soil sensor installations in several field-scale experimental plots to evaluate soil and water management strategies using different conservation practices. 2. Training workshop for the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model at Shandong Agricultural University (SDAU) for university experimental field plots to model the effect of conservation practices on water, soil and chemical transport. 3. Use of soil sensor measurements as input for the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model and as output for the calibration and validation of WEPP for SDAU experimental sites. 4. Development of a field to watershed scale soil moisture sensor network to serve as part of an international project to calibrate and validate satellite remotely sensed soil moisture on a global scale (2 - 5 year project). This project will also have applications for water resources management, effects of climate dynamics on the hydrologic cycle, and sustaining ecological systems.


3.Progress Report:

From the time this project was established specific sensor types have been determined and field sites have been selected for sensor installations. A time period for travel to China has been established for the Water Erosion Prediction Project workshop and initial sensor installations with the necessary official documentation in progress.


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