Using the Rangeland Hydrology and Erosion Model to Assess Rangeland Management Practices on the Kaler Ranch

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Title:
Using the Rangeland Hydrology and Erosion Model to Assess Rangeland Management Practices on the Kaler Ranch
Author:
Ross, Morgan
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
It is difficult to assess rangeland management practices at a hillslope scale because of the spatial and temporal variability of ecohydrological processes across a landscape. The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) aims to provide a cost-effective method for quantifying benefits of conservation practices on rangelands. This study uses the Rangeland Hydrology and Erosion Model (RHEM) to develop a framework to assess rangeland management practices by quantifying sediment yield and runoff. Kaler Ranch, located in Eastern Arizona, was used as a study site because of their recently implemented rangeland conservation practices. Vegetation parameters were developed based on field data collected across the ranch and used to represent various rangeland management scenarios in RHEM. Peak flow and sediment yield rates were determined for each scenario using RHEM and were used as metrics to evaluate rangeland condition. RHEM provided an adequate method to evaluate the relative differences between upland rangeland management scenarios; however, it was less effective at evaluating changes in management practices within a riparian area.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Rangeland Hydrology and Erosion Model; RHEM; Watershed Management; Natural Resources; Erosion
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Natural Resources
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Guertin, David P.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleUsing the Rangeland Hydrology and Erosion Model to Assess Rangeland Management Practices on the Kaler Ranchen_US
dc.creatorRoss, Morganen_US
dc.contributor.authorRoss, Morganen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIt is difficult to assess rangeland management practices at a hillslope scale because of the spatial and temporal variability of ecohydrological processes across a landscape. The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) aims to provide a cost-effective method for quantifying benefits of conservation practices on rangelands. This study uses the Rangeland Hydrology and Erosion Model (RHEM) to develop a framework to assess rangeland management practices by quantifying sediment yield and runoff. Kaler Ranch, located in Eastern Arizona, was used as a study site because of their recently implemented rangeland conservation practices. Vegetation parameters were developed based on field data collected across the ranch and used to represent various rangeland management scenarios in RHEM. Peak flow and sediment yield rates were determined for each scenario using RHEM and were used as metrics to evaluate rangeland condition. RHEM provided an adequate method to evaluate the relative differences between upland rangeland management scenarios; however, it was less effective at evaluating changes in management practices within a riparian area.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectRangeland Hydrology and Erosion Modelen_US
dc.subjectRHEMen_US
dc.subjectWatershed Managementen_US
dc.subjectNatural Resourcesen_US
dc.subjectErosionen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNatural Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorGuertin, David P.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMcClaran, Mitchelen_US
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