Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Decision support for Wisconsin's manure spreaders: Development of a real-time Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast
by Goering, Dustin C., M.S., The University of Arizona, 2013, 265; 1545431
Abstract (Summary)

The Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast (RRAF) provides Wisconsin's farmers with an innovative decision support tool which communicates the threat of undesirable conditions for manure and nutrient spreading for up to 10 days in advance. The RRAF is a pioneering example of applying the National Weather Service's hydrologic forecasting abilities towards the Nation's water quality challenges. Relying on the North Central River Forecast Center's (NCRFC) operational Snow17 and Sacramento Soil Moisture Accounting Models, runoff risk is predicted for 216 modeled watersheds in Wisconsin. The RRAF is the first-of-its-kind real-time forecast tool to incorporate 5-days of future precipitation as well as 10-days of forecast temperatures to generate runoff risk guidance. The forecast product is updated three times daily and hosted on the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) website. Developed with inter-agency collaboration, the RRAF model was validated against both edge-of-field observed runoff as well as small USGS gauged basin response. This analysis indicated promising results with a Bias Score of 0.93 and a False Alarm Ratio (FAR) of only 0.34 after applying a threshold method. Although the threshold process did dampen the Probability of Detection (POD) from 0.71 to 0.53, it was found that the magnitude of the events categorized as hits was 10-times larger than those classified as misses. The encouraging results from this first generation tool are aiding State of Wisconsin officials in increasing awareness of risky runoff conditions to help minimize contaminated agriculture runoff from entering the State's water bodies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Guertin, D. Phillip
Commitee: Hawkins, Richard H., Osterkamp, Waite R., Restrepo, Pedro J., Valdes, Juan B.
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Natural Resources
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 52/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Agronomy, Hydrologic sciences, Water Resource Management
Keywords: Decision support services, Manure management, Runoff risk
Publication Number: 1545431
ISBN: 978-1-303-39802-5
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