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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Conservation Effects Assessment Project (Ceap) 2013 - ARS Benchmark Watershed Assessment Studies (On Croplands)

Location: Great Plains Agroclimate and Natural Resources Research Unit

Project Number: 3070-13000-011-07
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Jun 01, 2013
End Date: Sep 30, 2015

Objective:
The long-term objective is to bridge the gap between farm management goals and environmental goals that are shared across farms and communities. The project is structured around three inter-related objectives that enhance hydrologic simulations tools, that develop new understanding and technologies to characterize climate and landscapes, and that elucidate landscape and hydrologic function. These project objectives build toward an optimization framework for assessment of conservation targeting, land management, and climate scenarios.

Approach:
The research will be addressed : 1) using remote sensing and modeling tools and techniques for selection and placement of conservation practices on the landscape to achieve maximum effectiveness, 2) through linkage of evapotranspiration, surface, and groundwater models to help identify alternative agricultural management practices to mitigate water quality problems and enhance water use efficiency, 3) by quantification of the interactive effects of land cover, land management, and climate on reservoir sedimentation; 4) evaluation of the impacts invasive shrubs, and their removal, on local and regional water supplies, and 4) development of climate-informed decision support tools for crop and forage management, for natural resource conservation, and to support assessments of policy options.

Last Modified: 12/21/2014
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