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Research Project: MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONSERVATION OF WESTERN RANGELANDS

Location: Range Management Research

Title: winderosionnetwork.org – Portal to the National Wind Erosion Research Network

Author
item Webb, Nicholas - New Mexico State University
item Herrick, Jeffrey - Jeff
item Clingan, Scott - New Mexico State University
item Cooper, Brad - New Mexico State University
item Courtright, Ericha
item Laplante, Valerie
item Van Zee, Justin

Submitted to: American Geophysical Union
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/30/2015
Publication Date: 12/17/2015
Citation: Webb, N.P., Herrick, J.E., Clingan, S., Cooper, B., Courtright, E.M., Laplante, V.K., Van Zee, J.W. 2015. winderosionnetwork.org – Portal to the National Wind Erosion Research Network [abstract]. American Geophysical UnionFall Meeting, San Francisco, CA December 14-18, 2015. p. EP43A-0963.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The National Wind Erosion Research Network was established in 2014 as a collaborative effort led by the USDA Agricultural Research Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, and USDI Bureau of Land Management, to address the need for standardized measurements of wind erosion and its controlling factors. Data will be used to support model development and identification of improved land management strategies that have global applications. By applying standard methods, the Network will overcome the common challenge of synthesizing independent studies to assess local-to-national scale wind erosion and dust emission. Twelve intensively instrumented Network sites will be operational by spring 2016, providing high-resolution measurements of aeolian sediment transport rates, meteorological conditions and soil and vegetation properties. These initial sites are located across rangelands and croplands in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, Idaho and Washington. A primary objective of the Network is to facilitate collaboration among Network sites and the wider research community to address basic research questions about aeolian processes, model development, and evaluate practical management options. In support of Network activities, winderosionnetwork.org was developed to serve as a Network data portal, and provide online information about the National Wind Erosion Research Network including protocols and results. The website provides a comprehensive resource for scientists and managers interested in engaging with the Network and accessing Network products. The Network provides exciting opportunities to engage in a national long-term wind erosion research program that promises significant impact for our understanding and ability to predict and evaluate aeolian processes across land cover types and land use systems.