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Integration of GIS, Decision Support System, and LIDAR Technologies for Conservation Planning in Iowa

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Agren, Inc. and Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently received a NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant to develop a GIS-based expert system to facilitate the use of LIght Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) technology for conservation planning. The project will further develop, demonstrate, and evaluate the use of LIDAR for conservation planning in Iowa, as well as develop an electronic decision-support tool to facilitate use of this technology.

The project’s final product will allow conservation planners to lay out conservation practices on their computer quickly and with greater accuracy than currently possible. Trial uses of LIDAR technology in Iowa document 6-inch or better vertical accuracy under leaf-off conditions. In contrast, accuracy of traditional topography maps is between 10 to 20-feet.

The use of this decision-support tool has tremendous application for practitioners working one-on-one with farmers. For example, a producer applying for EQIP funding may be interested in how terraces would be laid out across his 80-acre field. A technician could ask the farmer a few basic questions, enter some specifics on the type of terraces desired, and the program would generate a map of the field with terraces drawn out. Within a matter of minutes, the technician and the farmer could consider various “what if” scenarios and discuss suitable alternatives for the farmer.

The project will develop a minimum of three expert systems, each designed to lay out a different conservation practice. Possible practices include: contour grass strips/strip cropping, waterways, filter strips, terraces, and water/sediment control basins.
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Name: SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY
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Buman, Thomas., Ridgely, Jamie. and Buman, Robert. "Integration of GIS, Decision Support System, and LIDAR Technologies for Conservation Planning in Iowa" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona, Jul 26, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p243288_index.html>

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Buman, T. J., Ridgely, J. and Buman, R. , 2008-07-26 "Integration of GIS, Decision Support System, and LIDAR Technologies for Conservation Planning in Iowa" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p243288_index.html

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Abstract: Agren, Inc. and Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently received a NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant to develop a GIS-based expert system to facilitate the use of LIght Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) technology for conservation planning. The project will further develop, demonstrate, and evaluate the use of LIDAR for conservation planning in Iowa, as well as develop an electronic decision-support tool to facilitate use of this technology.

The project’s final product will allow conservation planners to lay out conservation practices on their computer quickly and with greater accuracy than currently possible. Trial uses of LIDAR technology in Iowa document 6-inch or better vertical accuracy under leaf-off conditions. In contrast, accuracy of traditional topography maps is between 10 to 20-feet.

The use of this decision-support tool has tremendous application for practitioners working one-on-one with farmers. For example, a producer applying for EQIP funding may be interested in how terraces would be laid out across his 80-acre field. A technician could ask the farmer a few basic questions, enter some specifics on the type of terraces desired, and the program would generate a map of the field with terraces drawn out. Within a matter of minutes, the technician and the farmer could consider various “what if” scenarios and discuss suitable alternatives for the farmer.

The project will develop a minimum of three expert systems, each designed to lay out a different conservation practice. Possible practices include: contour grass strips/strip cropping, waterways, filter strips, terraces, and water/sediment control basins.

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