Science to examine the interactions between climate, agriculture, and water quality
The purpose of the project was to conduct an extensive search for both published and ongoing research that, in general, deals with climate change and agriculture in a water quality context for the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) and Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC. The search was two-fold; one portion of the search dealt with an on-line literature search for published peer-reviewed articles for the time period of 2000 (sometimes slightly earlier depending on the relative degree of the publication’s relevance to the topic) to present. The other portion of the search dealt with contacting USGS Water Science Centers and state institutions requesting information on current research projects dealing with this topic that have not yet been published or are currently in publication, and response to these requests has been varied. Another criteria is geographic location; only projects and publications taking place within one of the LCC’s were acquired. The two LCC’s cover partial states in cases but searches were conducted for the state as a whole if any portion fell within one of the two regions. In addition, relevant publications were obtained for southern Ontario. An outline for search methodology, including sources and keywords, was to keep the search process consistent and well-documented. In addition, manual filtering of results was required to ensure that they were both contextually and geographically relevant. While the effort is not likely entirely exhaustive, the methodology entailed a progression of searches using multiple search engines and resources that upon completion did not return any results that had not already been acquired. The software tool EndNote was selected for compiling the database as this assisted in streamlining the process of publication retrieval during the literature search. It also standardized the way in which publications were recorded, and provided a means to organize, reduce redundancy, and search the ongoing database. The states falling within the two LCC’s were divided among Kasey, Carl, and Charlie, with the resulting products aggregated to produce one final EndNote library. The library has been categorized by geographic location but can be categorized using various criteria and keyword searches within EndNote. Through cooperation with the Center for Integrated Data Analytics (CIDA), a searchable format geared toward the general end-user can be generated.