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Luminate: Linking Agricultural Land Use, Local Water Quality And Gulf Of Mexico Hypoxia, Catherine L. Kling, Yiannis Panagopoulos, Sergey S. Rabotyagov, Adriana Valcu-Lisman, Philip W. Gassman, Todd D. Campbell, Michael J. White, Jeffrey G. Arnold, Raghavan Srinivasan, Manoj K. Jha, Jeffrey J. Richardson, L. Monika Moskal, R. Eugene Turner, Nancy N. Rabalais Jun 2014

Luminate: Linking Agricultural Land Use, Local Water Quality And Gulf Of Mexico Hypoxia, Catherine L. Kling, Yiannis Panagopoulos, Sergey S. Rabotyagov, Adriana Valcu-Lisman, Philip W. Gassman, Todd D. Campbell, Michael J. White, Jeffrey G. Arnold, Raghavan Srinivasan, Manoj K. Jha, Jeffrey J. Richardson, L. Monika Moskal, R. Eugene Turner, Nancy N. Rabalais

Economics Publications

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 modelling system, LUMINATE, which links land use decisions made at the field scale in the Upper Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Basins through both environmental and hydrological components to downstream water quality effects and hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. This modelling system can be used to analyse detailed policy scenarios identifying the costs of the policies and their resulting benefits for improved local and regional water quality ...


Cost-Effective Targeting Of Conservation Investments To Reduce The Northern Gulf Of Mexico Hypoxic Zone, Sergey S. Rabotyagov, Todd D. Campbell, Michael White, Jeffrey G. Arnold, Jay Atwood, M. Lee Norfleet, Catherine L. Kling, Philip W. Gassman, Adriana Valcu-Lisman, Jeffrey Richardson, R. Eugene Turner, Nancy N. Rabalais Jan 2014

Cost-Effective Targeting Of Conservation Investments To Reduce The Northern Gulf Of Mexico Hypoxic Zone, Sergey S. Rabotyagov, Todd D. Campbell, Michael White, Jeffrey G. Arnold, Jay Atwood, M. Lee Norfleet, Catherine L. Kling, Philip W. Gassman, Adriana Valcu-Lisman, Jeffrey Richardson, R. Eugene Turner, Nancy N. Rabalais

Economics Publications

A seasonally occurring summer hypoxic (low oxygen) zone in the northern Gulf of Mexico is the second largest in the world. Reductions in nutrients from agricultural cropland in its watershed are needed to reduce the hypoxic zone size to the national policy goal of 5,000 km2 (as a 5-y running average) set by the national Gulf of Mexico Task Force’s Action Plan. We develop an integrated assessment model linking the water quality effects of cropland conservation investment decisions on the more than 550 agricultural subwatersheds that deliver nutrients into the Gulf with a hypoxic zone model. We ...