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Modeling maps vegetation to monitor erosion, rising seas

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

stephen-hendersonVANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University scientists Stephen Henderson and Nikolay Strigul have developed a computer model that uses photographs to recreate the complex geometry of coastal plants. » More …

Living snow fence thrives, surprises in drylands

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Capturing-snow-webDAVENPORT, Wash. – Along a blustery rural highway, foresters from Washington State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are proving that living snow fences – windbreaks made of live trees – can protect Northwest roads and farms from winter’s fury. » More …

Conservation buffers please the eye, protect the landscape

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By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers know that adding natural buffers to the farm landscape can stop soil from vanishing. Now a scientist at Washington State University has found that more buffers are better, both for pleasing the eye and slowing erosion. » More …

Trip yields meaningful China-Palouse soil comparison

Erosion rates on the Palouse are severe. However, on a recent two-week trip to the Republic of China, a research team from Washington State University realized that they can be worse.The team visited several areas including Bejing and Yan’an, where the crops, climate and soil composition are similar to the Palouse. Both regions have “loess” soils, which are formed of dust deposited by wind. Besides the similar soil type, the long history of productive agriculture in China made the region of particular interest to WSU researchers. “Our purpose was to learn about the agricultural systems, crops, soil management and erosion problems and … » More …