Blackland scientists are developing new technologies and management strategies to improve water, soil, and other natural resources on agricultural, urban, and military lands in central Texas and around the world. The EPIC (Erosion Productivity Impact Calculator, APEX (Agricultural Policy Environment Extender), SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool), and PHYGROW (for a forage production-run-off) models are deployed world-wide as people seek to: increase agriculture production and water supply; improve the environment and the economic well-being of people; and increase the sustainability of land.
Dr. Raghavan Srinivasan (Ph.D., Purdue University), who also serves as the Director of the Spatial Sciences Laboratory at TAMU, models transport of pollutants to assess surface and ground water quality impacts, develops Internet-based tools using GIS and remotely sensed data, and integrates data into spatial information systems. Manages training and educational outreach for use of GIS and application of natural resource and hydrologic models for water quality and land use change. He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and the American Water Resources Association.