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Evaluating the Impacts of Land Use Changes on Hydrologic Responses in the Agricultural Regions of Michigan and Wisconsin

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20 - June 23, 2010  1008770.(doi:10.13031/2013.31927)
Authors:   A Pouyan Nejadhashemi, Chaopeng Shen, Brad J Wardynski, Phanikumar S Mantha
Keywords:   Land Use Change, Soil and Water Assessment Tool, Variable Infiltration Capacity

Hydrologic fluxes in the Great Lakes region have changed relative to pre-settlement conditions in response to major land use changes during the past 150 years. Land surface characteristics and processes including leaf area index, roughness, albedo, soil moisture, and rates of momentum, energy and water vapor exchange are strongly influenced by land use. Changes in land use including urbanization and de(/re)forestation continue to affect the nature and magnitude of groundwater surface water interactions and water availability influencing ecosystems and their services. One of the goals of the present work is to develop a baseline scenario relative to which the impacts of land use changes on hydrological and environmental processes can be evaluated. In addition, the study can help in quantifying the potential impacts of future projected changes in land use in order to mitigate the negative impacts of these changes on goods and services of value to society.

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