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SPARROW MODELING - Enhancing Understanding of the Nation's Water Quality

Fact Sheet 2009-3019

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Abstract

The information provided here is intended to assist water-resources managers with interpretation of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) SPARROW model and its products. SPARROW models can be used to explain spatial patterns in monitored stream-water quality in relation to human activities and natural processes as defined by detailed geospatial information. Previous SPARROW applications have identified the sources and transport of nutrients in the Mississippi River basin, Chesapeake Bay watershed, and other major drainages of the United States. New SPARROW models with improved accuracy and interpretability are now being developed by the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program for six major regions of the conterminous United States. These new SPARROW models are based on updated geospatial data and stream-monitoring records from local, State, and other federal agencies.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
SPARROW MODELING - Enhancing Understanding of the Nation's Water Quality
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2009-3019
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2009
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
6 p.