Development and Implementation of Natural Resource Databases
2013 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Provide support for the existing CEAP and REAP database efforts as part of the natural resource assessment. Provide website design and development support to facilitate research data acquisition, GIS data, and research metadata from watershed and plot scale research. Provide additional support utilizing ARCGIS server based delivery systems for data and Enhance data visualization tools for screening and displaying data.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
This project facilitates the on-going development and implementaton of watershed and plot-scale data collection from agronomic and natural resource research projects. This effort incorporates the existing efforts on the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) along with the Renewable Energy Assessment Project (REAP) to enhance the development of databases for these projects and their linkage with geospatial and natural resource data. Personnel assigned to this project will work with NLAE staff and CEAP, REAP, GRACEnet, and other ARS projects to provide programmatic support for the enhancement of web-based data collection and delivery tools.
Database efforts have been directed toward the development and implementation of plot-scale data obtained from the Renewable Energy Assessment Project (REAP) and to use these data in the preparation of multi-site analyses of the impact of corn stover removal. The database structure has been designed and linked with the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Through Agricultural Carbon Enhancement Network (GraceNet) project to integrate stover removal with greenhouse gas emissions from different cropping systems. This database is being used in the preparation of different reports and assembles the data from all of the sites.