Enhancing wind erosion monitoring and assessment for US rangelands

TitleEnhancing wind erosion monitoring and assessment for US rangelands
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWebb N, Van Zee J, Karl JW, Herrick JE, Courtright E, Billings B, Boyd R, Chappell A., Duni D, Derner J.D, Hand J, Kachergis E, McCord S, Newingham B, Pierson FB, Steiner J, Tatarko J, Tedela N, Toledo DP, Van Pelt S
Start Page85
Date Published09/2017
ARIS Log Number337711

Wind erosion is a major resource concern for rangeland managers because it can impact soil health, ecosystem structure and function, hydrologic processes, agricultural production and air quality.  Despite its significance, little is known about which landscapes are eroding, by how much, and when.  The National Wind Erosion Research Network was established in 2014 to develop tools for monitoring and assessing wind erosion and dust emission across the U.S. The Network, currently consisting of 13 sites, creates opportunities to enhance existing rangeland soil, vegetation and air quality monitoring programs.  Decision-support tools developed by the Network will improve the prediction and management of wind erosion across rangeland ecosystems.