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Author(s):Milesi, Cristina; Running, Steven W.; Elvidge, Christopher D.; Dietz, John B.; Tuttle, Benjamin T.; Nemani, Ramakrishna R.
Author Affiliation:Milesi and Running: Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana; Elvidge: NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder, Colorado; Dietz: Cooperative Institute for Research on the Atmosphere (CIRA), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; Tuttle: Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado; Nemani: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
Title:Mapping and modeling the biogeochemical cycling of turf grasses in the United States
Source:Environmental Management. Vol. 36, No. 3, September 2005, p. 426-438.
Publishing Information:New York: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
# of Pages:13
Related Web URL:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00267-004-0316-2
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Keywords:TIC Keywords: Biogeochemical cycling; Carbon; Carbon sinks; Ecosystems; Growth; Mapping; Models; Turf values; Turfgrass community; Turfgrasses; Urban landscaping; Water budget
Abstract/Contents:"Turf grasses are ubiquitous in the urban landscape of the United States and are often associated with various types of environmental impacts, especially on water resources, yet there have been limited efforts to quantify their total surface and ecosystem functioning, such as their total impact on the continental water budget and potential net ecosystem exchange (NEE). In this study, relating turf grass area to an estimate of fractional impervious surface area, it was calculated that potentially 163,800 km2 (^D+- 35,850 km2) of land are cultivated with turf grasses in the continental United States, an area three times larger than that of any irrigated crop. Using the Biome-BGC ecosystem process model, the growth of warm-season and cool-season turf grasses was modeled at a number of sites across the 48 conterminous states under different management scenarios, simulating potential carbon and water fluxes as if the entire turf surface was to be managed like a well-maintained lawn. The results indicate that well-watered and fertilized turf grasses act as a carbon sink. The potential NEE that could derive from the total surface potentially under turf (up to 17 Tg C/ yr with the simulated scenarios) would require up to 695 to 900 liters of water per person per day, depending on the modeled water irrigation practices, suggesting that outdoor water conservation practices such as xeriscaping and irrigation with recycled waste-water may need to be extended as many municipalities continue to face increasing pressures on freshwater."
See Also:See also Milesi's Ph.D. dissertation, Monitoring and Modeling Human Interactions with Ecosystems, 2004, R=103522. R=103522

See also "Looking for lawns", NASA Earth Observatory Web Site, November 8, 2005, R=108905. R=108905

See also related article "A strategy for mapping and modeling the ecological effects of US lawns" ISPRS [Proceedings], 2005, p. [1-6], R=268946. R=268946
See Also:Other items relating to: Land Area in Turf

Other items relating to: What Good is Turf?
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Milesi, C., S. W. Running, C. D. Elvidge, J. B. Dietz, B. T. Tuttle, and R. R. Nemani. 2005. Mapping and modeling the biogeochemical cycling of turf grasses in the United States. Environ. Manage. 36(3):p. 426-438.
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