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Research Project: Modeling Soil and Soil-plant Interaction Responses to Wind and Extreme Precipitation and Temperature Events under Different Management Strategies

Location: Rangeland Resources & Systems Research

Title: Single storm applications of WEPS and the single-event Wind Erosion Evaluation Program(SWEEP)

item Tatarko, John

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/11/2020
Publication Date: 9/3/2020
Citation: Tatarko, J. 2020. Single storm applications of WEPS and the single-event Wind Erosion Evaluation Program(SWEEP). In: Tatarko, J. (ed). Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS): Technical Documentation. Book Chapter. Agricultural Handbook 727.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS) model can be used to predict soil loss by wind for single wind storm events (e.g., a single day). Single-storm applications of WEPS are often used by wind erosion researchers to study wind erosion processes in detail as well as by land managers who wish to predict the amounts and direction of soil loss given specific known surface and wind conditions (e.g., highway construction managers). Single-event wind erosion simulations can be run on the command line as the standalone Erosion submodel of WEPS or through a graphical user interface known as the Single-event Wind Erosion Evaluation Program (SWEEP). A variety of inputs describing the field geometries, vegetation characteristics, soil and surface properties, and wind parameters for the site are inputs to the simulation of single storm wind erosion events. Single storm use of WEPS through SWEEP is a unique tool for special applications of wind erosion simulation technology.