August 22, 2014

Geospatial Technology


2004 Conference

Soil and Water Conservation Society 
2004 Annual Conference

July 24 – 28, 2004 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel, St. Paul, Minnesota

Theme: "Headwaters of Conservation"

For information contact:  Jody Ogg at 
(515) 289-2331, extension 17 or events@swcs.org


Geo-spatial Technology for Conservation—Soil, Water, and Land
Geo-spatial technology offers great promise of increasing the efficiency of inputs and effectiveness of conservation programs and practices. Optimizing conservation resource inputs to accurately manage land reduces the cost and increases the effectiveness of conservation programs. Geo-spatial technology has enabled land managers and producers to increase their ability to adjust management of their production systems while enhancing environmental quality. It has increased the ability of conservationists to adapt conservation systems in real-time to diverse landscapes and production systems. 

Topic 4 Symposia Sessions –

New tools for measuring environmental outcomes
Monday, 3:30-5:00 pm
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has established a new Performance Results Management system that combined with conservation effects data in the agency's electonic field office technical guide allows the impacts of those practices to be assessed. This system is linked to the Conservation Toolkit, which is the agency's mandated electronic planning tool to reduce the burden of data entry and improve data quality. The power of these new tools is not only in the ability to report the outcomes of conservation practices, but in targeting resources and in comprehensive natural resource planning. The data is geospatial and can be aggregated or disaggregated, depending on the conservation plan needs. It puts emphasis on doing the conservation work, not just reporting the work.  

Remote sensing applications for conservation
Tuesday, 1:30-3:00 pm
The applications of geospatial technologies are playing an ever-increasing role in conservation and natural resources management. Advances in the science and technology behind remote sensing are making it more practical to conduct large-scale inventories and provide monitoring and evaluation of natural resources. Coupled with recent advances in GIS and spatial decision support systems, geospatial technology is taking resource conservation planning and management to a new level. This symposia will introduce remote sensing applications that have been used towards conservation planning and management.  

Concurrent Session Titles –  

New tools for the practicing conservationist:
Monday, 10:30-11:30

  • The Finger Lakes Decision Support System Project: Analytical tools for stakeholders (10:30-10:50)
  • Getting conservation on the land using GIS (10:50-11:10)
  • Landscape assessments: Addressing objectives across boundaries (11:10-11:30)

Geospatial technology for the monitoring and evaluation of conservation programs  
Monday, 3:30-5:00 

  • Use of an USDA-NRCS soil conditioning index to characterize carbon sequestration potential 
  • Geospatial modernization within USDA conservation programs
  • Estimating mitigating effects of CRP-type grass buffer strips on regional sediment loading   

Geospatial technology for priority setting and fund allocation in conservation programs 
Tuesday, 10:30-11:50 

  • Applying geo-spatial data in Kansas NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) decisions  
  • EQIP application ranking using web-based GIS
  • ArcView GIS Hydrologic Model Interface

Geospatial technology for watershed management and conservation:  
Tuesday, 3:30-5:00   

  • An integrated approach to quantifying and mitigating pollution problems at the watershed level  
  • Geospatial spring identification in southeast Minnesota
  • Environmental, regulatory and nutrient management issues related to site-specific management

Poster Presentations –

  • Utilizing streamside management zones to predict macroinvertebrate indicators of water quality
  • Spatial analysis of soil nitrate/grain N removal for phytoremediation of post-harvest soil nitrate
  • Integrating across the landscape: Assessing watershed impacts of development in a classroom context  
  • The application of geospatial soil information within the MN/DNR County Aggregate Mapping Program  
  • Resource conservation by remote sensing: The Kentucky Landscape Snapshot Project
  • The use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in grazingland management
  • Illinois Resource Management Mapping Service Web Site  
  • Using geospatial technology on the Glacial Ridge Project
  • Comparison of pixel based and object oriented image analysis processes  
  • Sedimentation investigation using the hydraulic modeling tool FLO-2D, Delta Junction, Alaska  
  • Soils and ecological sites of the Santa Rita Experimental Range  
  • Carbon value maps: Using economics to encourage adoption of carbon conserving practices  
  • Evolution of riparian soil map units in southeastern Arizona  
  • Assessing crop residue cover and tillage intensity  
  • The earth grant geospatial extension program  
  • Guidelines for polyacrylamide application to control soil erosion in highly disturbed areas  
  • Watershed management and monitoring: A practical GIS application  
  • An evaluation of high intensity soil surveys prepared for a site using different methods and field procedures
  • Physical and biological impacts of changing land-use on surface water quality
  • Combining genotype, soil, and management to improve resource use efficiency
  • Using detailed land cover information in a GIS for natural resource-based planning in Dakota County
  • Limitation on use of variable-rate technology to improve nitrogen management for corn production
  • Using GPS and GIS in on-farm research trials to assess crop yield responses to deep ripping in Iowa
  • Using remote sensing, GPS, and yield monitors to evaluate nitrogen management for corn
  • Geo-spatial modeling and field validation of sediment loading: Mississinewa Watershed, Indiana
  • Geospatial and temporal trends in farmland protection efforts in four Kentucky counties
  • Assessment of potential use of precision conservation for groundwater quality

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2005 SWCS Annual Conference
July 29-August 4, 2005
Hyatt Hotel and Rochester Convention Center
Rochester, New York


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