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Aeolian mass flux, rangeland monitoring site, and unpaved road reach data

Data for journal manuscript: Elevated aeolian sediment transport on the Colorado Plateau, USA: the role of grazing, vehicle disturbance, and increasing aridity


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Nauman, T., 2018, Aeolian mass flux, rangeland monitoring site, and unpaved road reach data used for modeling aeolian sediment horizontal mass flux (q) on the Colorado Plateau in Utah, USA: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


These data were compiled for monitoring and analyzing the amount of windblown (aeolian) sediment at 100 cm height near Moab, UT. Big Springs Number Eight (BSNE) field aeolian passive sediment traps are summarized by location and time period in shapefiles. Shapefiles also include attributes used to analyze patterns in the aeolian transport. Three different BSNE shapefiles represent 1) a network of BSNEs in a variety of rangelands, 2) BSNEs along downwind edges of unpaved roads where they run perpendicular to the dominant wind direction, and 3) long term BSNE sites used to test imporance of climate trends on aeolian transport. Also included in this data archive are raster files that were created from the BSNE data using statistical modeling [...]


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The purpose of this dataset was help better understand where wind erosion and dust emission originate in the Moab Region. Measuring aeolian transport (BSNEs) is a good way to do that as the wind erosion and dust emission process are closely linked with how much sediment is trapped in aeolian sediment traps. The predictive rasters help take the field BSNE data and highlight other areas betwen sampler locations that are likely to have high rates of aeolian transport based on the patterns seen at the BSNE sites.


The author of these data request that data users contact them regarding intended use and to assist with understanding limitations and interpretation. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data for other purposes, nor on all computer systems, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7FQ9VXR

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