Modeling Arid/Semi-arid Irrigated Agricultural Watersheds with SWAT: Applications, Challenges, and Solution Strategies
Researchers review of the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), reveals a strict dominance for better understanding water quality aspects of water management. To deal with a few challenges of SWAT, modelers used several techniques to expand the model’s capabilities and improve process representations. Model advancements in the future would significantly enhance the utility of SWAT in arid or semi-arid irrigated areas.
Modeling Soil Porewater Salinity in Mangrove Forests (Everglades, Florida, USA) Impacted by Hydrological Restoration and a Warming Climate
This study looks at the groundwater discharge in the Shark River Estuary, which is located in a karstic geomorphic location and influenced by local hydrological restoration. Researchers implemented a hydrological model that considered groundwater discharge in the Shark River Estuary in the Southwestern Everglades using long-term hydroperiod and porewater salinity (PWS) datasets from 2004-2016.
Fundamental Questions and Applications of Sclerochronology: Community-Defined Research Priorities
This research presents results for the field of sclerochronology from a common strategy used to identify key research needs called horizon scanning. The project identified questions rated as top priority and themed as follows: mechanisms of biological control over biomineralization; highlight applications of sclerochronological methods and data for solving other questions such as climate science and ecology; and emphasize the need for a base line involving data management and analysis.
Stress Gradients Interact with Disturbance to Reveal Alternative States in Salt Marsh: Multivariate Resilience at the Landscape Scale
Coastal wetlands experience acute disturbances, in addition to long-term sea-level rise. It’s unclear whether prolonged flooding from sea-level rise affects the ability of coastal wetlands to recover after an acute disturbance, such as hurricane and storm debris deposition. Researchers quantified a resilience model for Louisiana salt marsh and mapped vulnerability to disturbance across the region. Their findings indicate that sea-level rise will decrease salt marsh resilience, and nearly half the area’s marshes are vulnerable to mudflat conversion after disturbance.
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South Central CASC Project Publication Highlights by State
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