Agriculture, though important to economic development and food security, is a source of increased sediment, nutrient, and pesticide runoff.
Can GIS Lead to Better Estimates of Subsurface Drainage Extent?
Extensive subsurface "tile" drainage systems on Corn Belt farmlands have important implications for nutrient pollution in surface water, notably the hypoxic "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, existing drainage data are outdated and inconsistent. Can a map-based...
An Atlas of Ecosystems and Human Well-Being
This report provides a new approach to integrating spatial data on poverty and ecosystems in Kenya. It is endorsed by five Permanent Secretaries in Kenya and with a Foreword by Wangari Maathai (recipient of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize).
This is a publication of the World Resources...
Paying for Environmental Performance: Estimating the Environmental Outcomes of Agricultural Best Management Practices
How can the estimation of environmental outcomes be used to effectively allocate conservation funding, and what additional steps are needed to improve this process?
Explains how reverse auctions can be used as a cost-effective method for allocating funding in US Farm Bill Conservation Programs.
Proceedings from Workshop on Watershed Management, Land Cover Change Analysis, and Modeling of Land-based Sources of Pollution and Sediment Discharge to the MAR -- San Ignacio, Belize, August 15-18, 2006
The Environmental and Economic Impacts of Increased Grain Ethanol Production in the U.S.
Can we increase grain ethanol production without risk to soil and water resources?
Explores the allocation of funding in Farm Bill conservation programs, and offers recommendations on how to more efficiently and effectively allocate conservation funding.
Outlines economic and "fairness" reasons why supporting the sale of the cost-share portion of agricultural nutrient and sediment reductions is not the most appropriate policy for the USDA and other government agencies to adopt....