||Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment (AGWA) Documentation, Version 2.0.
||Agricultural Research Service, Tucson, AZ. Southwest Watershed Research Center. ;Environmental Protection Agency, Las Vegas, NV. Office of Research and Development. ;Wyoming Univ., Laramie. Dept. of Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management.
Geographic information system ;
Water resources management ;
Land use ;
Natural resources management ;
Spatial distribution ;
Computerized simulation ;
Data collection ;
Performance evaluation ;
User manual ;
Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment(AGWA)
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||Planning and assessment in land and water resource management are evolving from simple, local-scale problems toward complex, spatially explicit regional ones. Such problems have to be addressed with distributed models that can compute runoff and erosion at different spatial and temporal scales. The extensive data requirements and the difficult task of building input parameter files, however, have long represented an obstacle to the timely and cost-effective use of such complex models by resource managers. The USDA-ARS Southwest Watershed Research Center, in cooperation with the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, has developed a GIS tool to facilitate this process. A geographic information system (GIS) provides the framework within which spatially-distributed data are collected and used to prepare model input files and evaluate model results for two watershed runoff and erosion models: KINEROS2 and SWAT. AGWA (all versions) is designed as a tool for performing relative assessment (change analysis) resulting from land cover/use change. Areas identified through large-scale assessment with SWAT as being most susceptible to change can be evaluated in more detail at smaller scales with KINEROS2. Results can be visualized as percent or absolute change for a variety of output and derived parameters. These features are intended to assist resource managers in identifying the most important areas for watershed restoration efforts and preventative measures.
||Prepared in cooperation with Environmental Protection Agency, Las Vegas, NV. Office of Research and Development. and Wyoming Univ., Laramie. Dept. of Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management.
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