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The Watershed Atlas Project

Brian D. Lee, Corey L. Wilson and Angela Schörgendorfer

in Water in Kentucky

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2017 | ISBN: 9780813168685
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780813169941 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813168685.003.0019
The Watershed Atlas Project

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The Watershed Atlas project visualizes landscape indicator aspects of multiple watersheds throughout Kentucky simultaneously. By viewing the landscape from a watershed perspective, this atlas is offers new insights into the impact of land use and management decisions on waterways. This atlas seeks to reveal the ways that human influence on the natural environment does not observe political boundaries. A watershed-based approach for making land management decisions takes into account that though cities, counties, and states may appear to be distinct entities, they are connected by ecological features and processes. This atlas can be used as a tool to identify which landscape characteristics are potentially relevant as a guide for future prioritization and management decisions, which may influence waterway quality.

Keywords: Geographic Information System; National Land Cover Database; Cluster Analysis; Forest Cover; Imperviousness; Crops on Slopes; Topographic Roughness

Chapter.  1364 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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