State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012MD286B
Title: Forest N retention in the Chesapeake Bay watershed: A role in water quality restoration? (Graduate Fellowship)
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: MD 5
Focus Categories: Non Point Pollution, Hydrology, Geochemical Processes
Keywords: Forest, Nitrogen deposition, Nitrogen export, Climate change
Principal Investigator: Eshleman, Keith N.
Federal Funds: $ 6,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 18,497
Abstract: Forests have been established to be major nutrient sinks, however there are extensive knowledge gaps in the hydrological and biotic retention capacities of these systems. In the face of changing climate, decreasing wet N-deposition patterns, and maturing forest, steps must be taken to fully quantify N-export. This project addresses forest N-retention through a multi-faceted approach that utilizes isotopic, hydrologic, water quality, and remote sensing analyses to develop a simple dynamic stream NO3-N model. Further understanding of N-dynamics within forest may offer municipalities and individuals the necessary information to make cost-effective and justified management decisions in face of EPA TMDL's.

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