Geospatial Data Warehouse For Improved Agricultural Water Quality

One-Stop “Shop” for Farmland Data

Principal Investigator

John Fulton, Ohio State University


Determining the cause of water quality issues in Lake Erie is a complicated business, with many factors coming into play.

A planned geospatial data warehouse aims to help water quality researchers more precisely identify what causes dissolved reactive phosphorus to move off agricultural lands.

John Fulton, a food, agricultural and biological engineer at Ohio State, is leading a project to develop such a warehouse. It will include base data, such as soil type, elevation, and geology, and layer that with other public data regarding water quality, nutrient flux, nutrient stratification and weather events.

“While much of this information is already available to researchers and scientists, it must be pulled from multiple sources and transformed to ensure the information is actionable and comparable,” Fulton said. Eventually, Fulton sees linking with other warehousing efforts, including production data from agricultural producers and remote sensing imagery.

The End Result

A new tool to help understand what causes--and what can prevent--harmful algal blooms.

Full Project Information

Read about the project at the Ohio Sea Grant website.