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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: OBJECT MODELING AND SCALING OF LANDSCAPE PROCESSES AND CONSERVATION EFFECTS IN AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS

Location: Agricultural Systems Research Unit

Title: Developing Erosion Prediction Modeling Technology Using the Object Modeling System (OMS): Viability and Challenges

Authors
item ASCOUGH, JAMES
item FLANAGAN, DENNIS
item David, Olaf - COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
item AHUJA, LAJPAT
item Rojas, Ken - USDA-NRCS

Submitted to: American Society of Agronomy Meetings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: August 15, 2007
Publication Date: December 10, 2007
Citation: Ascough Ii, J.C., Flanagan, D.C., David, O., Ahuja, L.R., Rojas, K.W. 2007. Developing Erosion Prediction Modeling Technology Using the Object Modeling System (OMS): Viability and Challenges. American Society of Agronomy Meetings, New Orleans, LA. November 4-8, 2007.

Interpretive Summary: Current challenges in soil erosion research have created demand for integrated, flexible, and easily parameterized sediment transport models. Most of the existing monolithic erosion models (e.g., WEPP and WEPS) are not modular, thus modifications require considerable time, effort, and expense. In this paper, the viability and challenges of using the Object Modeling System (OMS) for soil erosion model development will be explored. The OMS is a Java-based modeling framework that facilitates simulation model development, evaluation, and deployment. We present application of a fully restructured and modularized core WEPP hillslope erosion component functioning within the OMS as a single compartmentalized erosion module. In addition, we discuss specific features of the OMS related to soil erosion modeling including: 1) how to reduce duplication of effort in wind and water erosion modeling; 2) how to make soil erosion models easier to build, apply, and evaluate, 3) how to facilitate long-term maintainability of soil erosion models; and 4) how to improve the quality of soil erosion model code and ensure credibility of model implementations.

Technical Abstract: Current challenges in soil erosion research have created demand for integrated, flexible, and easily parameterized sediment transport models. Most of the existing monolithic erosion models (e.g., WEPP and WEPS) are not modular, thus modifications require considerable time, effort, and expense. In this paper, the viability and challenges of using the Object Modeling System (OMS) for soil erosion model development will be explored. The OMS is a Java-based modeling framework that facilitates simulation model development, evaluation, and deployment. We present application of a fully restructured and modularized core WEPP hillslope erosion component functioning within the OMS as a single compartmentalized erosion module. In addition, we discuss specific features of the OMS related to soil erosion modeling including: 1) how to reduce duplication of effort in wind and water erosion modeling; 2) how to make soil erosion models easier to build, apply, and evaluate, 3) how to facilitate long-term maintainability of soil erosion models; and 4) how to improve the quality of soil erosion model code and ensure credibility of model implementations.

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