Modeling tree cover effects in eight hydrological units of northeast Kansas
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Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. 58 p.
This report details two studies focused on eight watersheds (Hydrological Unit (HU)-12s) in northeast Kansas. Hydrological Units are a national standard classification system developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to facilitate water resource management in the United States (USGS, 2017). The watersheds analyzed in this report are given in Figure 1 and Table 1, along with their associated Hydrological Unit Codes (HUCs). The first study, referred to as the Land Cover Scaling Analysis, simulated changes in stream flow due to the effects of tree and impervious cover changes in the eight watersheds using the i-Tree Hydro model (Wang et al., 2008). This study also analyzed a proximate reference watershed that streamflow records are available for, which allowed for calibration of hydrological parameters for the main eight watersheds. The second study, referred to as the Analysis of Riparian Tree Effects on Streambank Erosion, investigates the role of trees in streambank erosion in general, and specifically streambank erosion effects on the watersheds.
Coville, Robert; Nowak, David J.; Atchison, Robert; Stephan, Emily; Taggart, Thomas; Endreny, Theodore. 2018. Modeling tree cover effects in eight hydrological units of northeast Kansas. Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. 58 p.