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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Cpids: a Plant Parameter Selection Program for Erosion Prediction Modeling

Authors
item Ascough, James
item Deer Ascough, Lois
item Weesies, G - USDA-NRCS

Submitted to: Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 20, 1998
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Newly developed erosion prediction models require detailed input parameters including those describing cropping systems. Each model exhibits a different level of complexity for crop growth modeling, and many plant parameters for these models are difficult to obtain. Furthermore, numerous parameters require interpretation from other measurable plant characteristics. We developed a database containing measurable plant characteristics to supply users of these new erosion prediction technologies with the necessary parameters. The new database supports the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) and the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) erosion prediction models. The Crop Parameter Intelligent Database System (CPIDS) was developed to assist crop database builders and users of RUSLE and WEPP in interpretation of plant characteristics and selection of plant parameters. CPIDS is a Microsoft Windows based program, currently running on a personal computer (PC) under Windows 3.1 , Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0.

Technical Abstract: Newly developed erosion prediction models require detailed input parameters including those describing cropping systems. Each model exhibits a different level of complexity for crop growth modeling, and many plant parameters for these models are difficult to obtain. Furthermore, numerous parameters require interpretation from other measurable plant characteristics. We developed a database containing measurable plant characteristics to supply users of these new erosion prediction technologies with the necessary parameters. The new database supports the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) and the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) erosion prediction models. The Crop Parameter Intelligent Database System (CPIDS) was developed to assist crop database builders and users of RUSLE and WEPP in interpretation of plant characteristics and selection of plant parameters. CPIDS is a Microsoft Windows based program, currently running on a personal computer (PC) under Windows 3.1 , Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0.

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