Accession Number : ADA607667
Title : Using Simple Environmental Variables to Estimate Biomass Disturbance
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
Personal Author(s) : Myers, Natalie ; Koch, Daniel ; Fulton, Andrew ; Dain-Owens, Anne ; Gebhart, Dick ; Busby, Ryan ; Westervelt, James ; Howard, Heidi
Report Date : Aug 2014
Pagination or Media Count : 46
Abstract : Proper management of military training lands is critical to ensure availability of training lands, and thereby ensure mission readiness. However, installation land management often supports a broader mission than simply maintaining the land in a condition suitable for training, including activities as agriculture and grazing outleases, and protection of habitat to conserve Federally listed threatened and endangered species. Proactive land management practices that support such potentially conflicting land uses must take a systematic ap-proach that considers, coordinates, and integrates complex land impacts. Development of the Optimal Allocation of Land for Training and Non-Training Uses (OPAL) Program was undertaken to meet this need. This phase of work developed algorithms for estimating cumulative land disturbance on military training lands through above- and below-ground biomass responses. Algorithms developed here specifically focused on four aspects of the relation between above- and below-ground biomass and natural resource disturbance: (1) use of above- and below-ground biomass to quantify disturbance, (2) forecasting soil temperature and moisture as a consequence of weather, (3) distribution of training and its impacts on biomass, and (4) impacts of burning/haying on land management.
Descriptors : *ALGORITHMS , *ECOLOGY , *MILITARY FACILITIES , *RESOURCE MANAGEMENT , ESTIMATES , LAND USE , MILITARY TRAINING , MOISTURE , SOILS , TEMPERATURE , VARIABLES , WEATHER
Subject Categories : Ecology
Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Environmental Health and Safety
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE