Improving decision management
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What if you had all the field data you needed right in front of you?
Steven Mickelson professor and department chair of Iowa State Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and his team are developing an innovative decision support (DS) tool for conservation professionals. This program will help conservation professionals to see a 3-D appearance of the field with a conservation best management practice (BMP) in place. Professionals will be able to access hydrologic and pollutant data including surface runoff volume, sediment and phosphorus transport components.
“With this new DS tool, producers will see imagery of conservation practices and associated data applied to their own land,” Mickelson said. “Viewing imagery and results of a conservation BMP on someone else’s land is interesting, but seeing these predicted results on your own land will be more convincing.”
This research will improve the quality and implementation of conservation BMP planning. Mickelson’s team is creating access to interactive mapping, modeling, and visualization functions that can be used by conservation planning practitioners. The DS tool will be instrumental in enabling producers to make informed BMP decisions.