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Developing a spatial watershed model to predict the effects of watershed policies on coastal water quality and habitat change

Objectives:  1) To collect data required for development, estimation, calibration, validation, and simulation of the landscape model 2) To Develop and estimate a land use change model for the Sandusky study area 3) To develop and apply an ecological unit module and habitat switching algorithm for the Sandusky watershed 4) To analyze collected data to determine feasibility of complete watershed model 5) To demonstrate the utility of past landscape models to local officials, extension agents (Sea Grant and OARDC), and community groups to illustrate benefits of developing similar models for Great Lakes watersheds. This project supports the initial stages in the development of a spatial watershed model to quantify habitat and water quality dynamics in coastal areas of Lake Erie that result from changes in government policy that influence land use. An essential portion of the watershed model, the hydrodynamic module, will be incorporated in a following research project. This stage of the research will focus on modeling a particular watershed and estuary within the Lake Erie basin - the Sandusky watershed and bay. After demonstrating the benefits of the predictive, spatial model for this watershed, similar models will be developed for other drainage basins and coastal zones within the Great Lakes.

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