Wetlands Hydrologic Issues

Bill Capehart, SDSMT, Rapporteur


Introduction and Background

The role of the spatial and temporal variability of the prairie wetlands in the regional hydrology and climate is been noted in a number of studies (Poiani et al., 1995 & 1996, LaBaugh et al., 1996). Recently the wetlands have been at record size with flooding becoming commonplace in and around northeastern Prairie Couteau. What were previously a series of closed individuated basins now compose one large lake complex with surface drainage exiting into neighboring river basins (Rahn, 1998). Lake core sampling, modeling and lake surface elevations have shown that such high moisture states can be achieved quickly yet remain for years (Wright, 1971; Poiani et al., 1996; LaBaugh et al., 1998). However, the wetlands have also been far drier, such as during the droughts in the 30’s and late 1980’s. The latter period is important from an observational perspective since the period coincides with the satellite record permitting local and regional monitoring through a drying and wetting cycle.

Understanding the interactions of the wetlands complex with its neighboring uplands, and the climate system, defined here as regions typically not inundated with water over long periods, and the impact on these interactions on the climate system is therefore a key science issue for the SoDak NASA EPSCoR program. Many of the issues revolving around the wetlands also coincide with four of the five basic science objectives in the NASA strategic plan (NASA, 1998):

x Understand the causes and consequences of land-cover/land-use change

x Predict seasonal-to-interannual climate variations

x Identify natural hazards, processes, and mitigation strategies

x Detect long-term climate change, causes, and impacts

Understand the causes of variation in atmospheric ozone concentration and distribution

Therefore, there are a vast number of potential activities in which we can interact with NASA investigators.

Contributed and Discussed Items

A number of items have been submitted for consideration for Hydrologic Problems for NASA EPSCoR, also submitted are current and potential sources if data infrastructure. Summarized below, these items encompass a number of applications that can be summarized as diagnostics (describing the current state of wetland status), prognostic (forecasting potential status of wetland/dryland interaction) and management. Items are accompanied by contributors (listed in alphabetical order).

Selected Bibliography

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FEMA, 1999: Draft summary report of hydrologic and hydrologic and hydraulic studies, Waubay Lakes chain, South Dakota, URS Greiner Woodward Clyde Federal Services, Gaithersburg Maryland, 05 August 1999.

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Winter, T.C., and D.O. Rosenberry, 1995: The interactions of groundwater with prairie pothole wetlands in the Cottonwood Lake area, East Central North Dakota, 1979-1990, Wetlands, 15, 193-211.

Woo, M-K, and R.D. Roswell, 1993: Hydrology of a prairie slough, Journal of Hydrology., 146, 175-207.

Wood, B.L., 1983: Wetlands mapping in Colusa Country, California, NASA/AMES International Renewable Resource Inventions for Monitoring Conference, Corvallis, OR.

Wright, H.E., Jr., 1971: Late quaternary vegetation history of North America, Lake Cenozioc Glacial Ages, Ed., K.K. Turekian, Yale University Press, 425-464.


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