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Research Project: Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment (AGWA) to aid in sustaining military mission and training

Location: Range Management Research

Project Number: 3050-11210-007-25-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Jul 1, 2013
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

The objective of this project is to compile information on land response to military training activities by ecological site and synthesize expected responses by ecological site. This project will take place on three DoD installations: Fort Bliss, TX; Fort Huachuca, AZ; and Fort Carson, CO.

At each installation, project staff will meet with DoD range managers to map and catalog training activities in terms of their date/age, location, type, intensity, and duration. Any monitoring data or photos associated with these activities will be collected, and site visits conducted to determine current site condition and vegetation community. Data will be collected using an Ecological Site Knowledge Mapping utility developed for this project by Jornada staff. The ecological site response data collected for the installations will then be analyzed and synthesized with existing state-and-transition models to determine likely transition pathways for different types and intensities of training activities. This information will then be used to inform scenarios of land change and erosion susceptibility being developed by the ARS Southwest Watershed Research Center, Tucson, AZ.