ENVS senior takes 1st place in URISA student paper competition
September 12, 2011
Taylor’s paper, Estimating Phosphorous Potential from Non-Point Source Pollution to Determine High-Risk Areas in the Missisquoi Watershed: A comparison of the Endreny and Wood and Sivertun and Prange Models, was submitted in the spring while Taylor was still a junior. The paper was evaluated along with other submissions on the following criteria:
- Demonstration of expertise and understanding of geographic information science, spatial technologies and their application.
- Explanation of how the paper contributes to a larger body of work in the field
- Demonstration of innovative approach and critical thinking
- Quality of writing and presentation of the material
In the prize package, Taylor receives:
- A one year membership to URISA
- A free conference registration and recognition at the 2011 GIS Pro Annual Conference, November 1-4, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN and an invitation to present the paper at the conference
- Possible publishing of the paper in the URISA Journal
URISA is a professional nonprofit organization for individuals who use GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in solving spatial and environmental problems in all levels of government. URISA provides professional development, conferences, publications, and much more to those to whom the GIS community as a whole is an important resource
This paper describes a raster-based comparison of the Endreny and Wood (2003) and Sivertun and Prange (2003) models for estimating the amount of phosphorous loading from non-point sources. Endreny and Wood use an unweighted and weighted export coefficient model in which the weighted model accounts for topography and buffers. The Sivertun and Prange model characterizes loading by ranking soil, slope, watercourse, and land use variables. Both models were used in the Missisquoi watershed of northwestern Vermont to predict areas of high risk for phosphorous loading. The results of this paper should be compared with actual phosphorous loading in the Missisquoi watershed to determine their accuracy.
Well done, Taylor!