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Northwest Oregon Pilot Study Area (USA): A Watershed Assessment of Landscape Change and Impacts to Aquatic Resources

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Abstract:Studies of future management and policy options based on different assumptions provide a mechanism to examine possible outcomes and especially their likely benefits and consequences. The Northwest Oregon Pilot Study Area encompasses approximately 59,167 km2 and comprises a mixture of federal, state, and privately owned lands that include estuarine, forest, and rangeland habitat interspersed with rural and metropolitan centers and agricultural areas. The pilot area supports 2.6 million inhabitants and is expected to undergo major changes relative to human development patterns and preferences over the next fifty years. In the present pilot study, future options were examined relative to their impact on surface water conditions, e.g. surface runoff and sediment yield. These hydrological outputs were estimated for a baseline year and predicted in the future using hydrological process models and spatially oriented land use models based on stakeholder preferences and historical growth.
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Citation:Kepner, W. G., D. J. Semmens, D. T. Heggem, and D. C. Goodrich. Northwest Oregon Pilot Study Area (USA): A Watershed Assessment of Landscape Change and Impacts to Aquatic Resources. Presented at NATO/CCMS Pilot Study Workshop: Use of landscape Sciences for Environmental Assessment, Debe, Poland, September 1-3, 2003.
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Contact: Chris Siebert - (702) 798-2234 or siebert.christopher@epa.gov
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Division: Environmental Sciences Division
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Branch: Landscape Ecology Branch
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Product Type: Abstrct/Oral
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Presented: 09/13/2003
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Related Entries:
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Bullet Item Development of Landscape Indicators for Use in Regional Ecological Risk Assessments
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