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Fang Ren, Ph.D.

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Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D


Some of the residents of Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia have proposed the construction of a golf resort on the western side of Dalipeninaw, one of Yap’s municipalities. The coast of Dalipebinaw is lined with mangrove swamps and coral reefs which support a robust marine ecosystem, an integral part of social and economic traditions on Yap. Dr. Reed Perkins, a professor of Environmental Sciences at Queens University of Charlotte, NC was interested in devising a method which would allow planners of the golf resort to compare potential soil loss values between locations under consideration for the golf resort. With the ability to model this aspect of how their decisions might affect the environment, planners can implement conservation management strategies. To accomplish this task, a tool was developed in Python which uses the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation to calculate potential average annual soil loss in tons, using parameters specified by the user based on plans for the resort. The tool can be rerun with different parameters to compare soil loss values. It generates a raster with soil loss values and a table containing total soil loss.

Klein_Poster.pdf (3365 kB)
Calculating Soil Loss on Yap Island, Federated States of Micronesia (Poster)

Klein_Presentation.pptx (27385 kB)
Modeling Soil Loss on Yap, Federated States of Micronesia (Presentation)


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