initiation website exploring the role of small, artificial water
Man-made ponds -- agricultural and aquacultural, ornamental, recreational,
and for habitat or water management -- have been features of human-altered
landscapes for millennia. Their numbers and densities have tracked
the explosion of population, economic development, and technology over
the past 50-100 years. Neither their locations nor their functions
replicate natural small water bodies, yet their pervasive influence
on surface hydrology, biogeochemisty, and ecology has not been systematically
This project has evolved from synergistic interactions of several overlapping
teams of collaborators, linked by common interests in large-scale processes,
geospatial data, and the power of the developing scientific culture
of "informatics." The website is an ongoing experiment (perpetually
'under construction') in information and idea-sharing.
The following publications serve to define the ideas being developed
(right-click to download pdf files):
of Soil Erosion and Deposition for Sediments and Sedimentary Organic
Carbon Across the Conterminous United States. S.V. Smith,
W.H. Renwick, R.W. Buddemeier, and C.J. Crossland. 2001.
Global Biogeochemical Cycles,
and Significance of Small, Artificial Water Bodies across the
States Landscape. S.V. Smith, W.H. Renwick,
J.D. Bartley, and R.W. Buddemeier. 2002. The Science of the
Total Environment, 299:21-36. (pdf file)
of Eroded Soil Organic Carbon: Mississippi Basin Case Study. S.V.
Smith, R.O. Sleezer, W.H. Renwick, and R.W. Buddemeier. 2005. Ecological
Applications, 15(6), 2005,
1920-1940. (pdf file)
Role of Impoundments in the Sediment Budget of the Conterminous
United States. W.H. Renwick, S.V. Smith, J.D. Bartley,
and R.W. Buddemeier. 2005. Geomorphology, 71 (2005) 99-111.
and Characterization of Small Water Bodies. A Final Technical Report
for the NASA-EPSCoR/KTech-funded
project, "Landscape-Scale Detection
and Classification of Small Water Bodies: Temporal Integration of Diverse
Types of Data." Compiled by R.W. Buddimeier (PI),
with contributions from F.J. deNoyelles, S. Egbert, R.O. Sleezer, D.P.
Young, X.-Y. Zhan,
Z. Andereck, M. Houts, B. Mosiman, P. Taylor, J. Vopata, Wilson, W.H.
Renwick, and S.V. Smith. 2006. Kansas Geological Survey Open File Report
Other pages on this site will describe: