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Research Project: Production System and Climate Change Effects on Soil/Air/Water Quality for the Eastern Corn Belt

Location: National Soil Erosion Research

Project Number: 5020-12000-015-00-D
Project Type: In-House Appropriated

Start Date: Mar 31, 2016
End Date: Oct 8, 2018

Objective:
Objective 1: Quantify short- and long- term impacts of drainage water management, cover crop and manure application on soil and water quality, and greenhouse gas emissions of the Eastern Corn Belt. Objective 2: Assess climate change impacts on erosion and water quality for the Eastern Corn Belt using projected climate scenarios with the WEPP and SWAT models.

Approach:
1. Monitor and assess changes in soil and water quality and greenhouse gas emission under different drainage water management, cover crop and manure applications at university research farms as well as farmer fields as a part of the Long-Term Agro-ecological Research (LTAR) network for the Eastern Corn Belt. 2. Downscale global climate change scenarios for the Eastern Corn Belt and perform simulations using the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) to assess the climate change effects on erosion and water quality at the region.