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Land Use Model Integrating Agriculture and the Environment (LUMINATE): Linkages between Agricultural Land Use, Local Water Quality and Hypoxic Concerns in the Gulf of Mexico Basin
CARD Working Papers
  • Catherine L. Kling, Iowa State University
  • Yiannis Panagopoulos, National Technical University of Athens
  • Adriana M. Valcu, Iowa State University
  • Philip W. Gassman, Iowa State University
  • Sergey S. Rabotyagov, University of Washington
  • Todd Campbell, Iowa State University
  • Mike White, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Jeffrey G. Arnold, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Raghavan Srinivasan, Texas A&M University
  • Manoj K. Jha, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Jeffrey Richardson, University of Washington
  • R. Eugene Turner, Louisiana State University
  • Nancy Rabalais, Louisiana University Marine Consortium
Publication Date
3-1-2014
Series Number
14-WP 46
Abstract
In this paper, we discuss the importance of developing integrated assessment models to support the design and implementation of policies to address water quality problems associated with agricultural pollution. We describe a new modeling system, LUMINATE, which links land use decisions made at the field scale in the Upper Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee basins through both environmental and hydrologic components to downstream water quality effects and hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. This modeling system can be used to analyze detailed policy scenarios identifying the costs of the policies and their resulting benefits for improved local and regional water quality. We demonstrate the model’s capabilities with a simple scenario where cover crops are incentivized with green payments over a large expanse of the watershed.
Citation Information
Catherine L. Kling, Yiannis Panagopoulos, Adriana M. Valcu, Philip W. Gassman, et al.. "Land Use Model Integrating Agriculture and the Environment (LUMINATE): Linkages between Agricultural Land Use, Local Water Quality and Hypoxic Concerns in the Gulf of Mexico Basin" (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/catherine_kling/71/