Source: AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE submitted to
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER SUPPORT FOR MULTI-AGENCY MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU)
Sponsoring Institution
Agricultural Research Service/USDA
Project Status
TERMINATED
Funding Source
Reporting Frequency
Annual
Accession No.
0410054
Grant No.
(N/A)
Project No.
5310-61000-014-02R
Proposal No.
(N/A)
Multistate No.
(N/A)
Program Code
(N/A)
Project Start Date
Aug 26, 2002
Project End Date
Aug 26, 2007
Grant Year
(N/A)
Project Director
VAN GENUCHTEN M T
Recipient Organization
AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE
(N/A)
RIVERSIDE,CA 92507
Performing Department
(N/A)
Non Technical Summary
(N/A)
Animal Health Component
20%
Research Effort Categories
Basic
50%
Applied
20%
Developmental
30%
Classification

Knowledge Area (KA)Subject of Investigation (SOI)Field of Science (FOS)Percent
1030110201015%
1030120201010%
1030210201010%
1030210205010%
1110110201015%
1110120201010%
1110210201020%
1110210205010%
Goals / Objectives
To develop and maintain a public Web site that provides information on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among nine Federal Agencies establishing a framework for facilitating cooperation and coordination in research and development (R&D) of multimedia environmental models, software and related databases.
Project Methods
The publicly accessible Website (www.iscmem.org) will be developed and maintained to enhance cooperation and coordination in research on multimedia environmental models, software and related databases, including development, enhancements, applications and assessment of site-specific, generic and process-oriented models as they pertain to human and environmental health risk assessment. The Federal Agencies involved are NRC, EPA, USGS, COE, DOE, ARS, NRCS, NOAA, and USBR. The work includes maintaining the site for the 5-year tenure of the MOU. Maintenance may involve minor editing of material submitted by the MOU Steering Committee for posting, and addressing any minor bugs or minor enhancements. The Web site shall comply with all Federal guidelines and requirements regarding Web site development and use. In particular, the following criteria will be adhered to (1) Persistent cookies may not be placed on users' computers to collect personally identifiable information about visitors without the concurrence of the MOU agencies' Chief Information Officer, and approval of the various agencies' head or Executive Director of Operation; (2) Periodic broken link checks and other quality checks are required; (3) Each document is posted only once, usually in the document collections section of the Web Site and linked to the originating Federal agency source, and (4) Twice a year, ARS will verify to the MOU Steering Committee that the key controls continue to be implemented effectively. Documents Reimbursable with UC Riverside. Log 22602.

Progress 08/26/02 to 08/26/07

Outputs
Progress Report Objectives (from AD-416) To develop and maintain a public Web site that provides information on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among nine Federal Agencies establishing a framework for facilitating cooperation and coordination in research and development (R&D) of multimedia environmental models, software and related databases. Approach (from AD-416) The publicly accessible Website (www.iscmem.org) will be developed and maintained to enhance cooperation and coordination in research on multimedia environmental models, software and related databases, including development, enhancements, applications and assessment of site- specific, generic and process-oriented models as they pertain to human and environmental health risk assessment. The Federal Agencies involved are NRC, EPA, USGS, COE, DOE, ARS, NRCS, NOAA, and USBR. The work includes maintaining the site for the 5-year tenure of the MOU. Maintenance may involve minor editing of material submitted by the MOU Steering Committee for posting, and addressing any minor bugs or minor enhancements. The Web site shall comply with all Federal guidelines and requirements regarding Web site development and use. In particular, the following criteria will be adhered to (1) Persistent cookies may not be placed on users' computers to collect personally identifiable information about visitors without the concurrence of the MOU agencies' Chief Information Officer, and approval of the various agencies' head or Executive Director of Operation; (2) Periodic broken link checks and other quality checks are required; (3) Each document is posted only once, usually in the document collections section of the Web Site and linked to the originating Federal agency source, and (4) Twice a year, ARS will verify to the MOU Steering Committee that the key controls continue to be implemented effectively. Documents Reimbursable with UC Riverside. Log 22602. Significant Activities that Support Special Target Populations This report serves to document activities related to a public website (www.iscmem.org) providing information on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among nine Federal Agencies establishing a framework for facilitating cooperation and coordination in research and development of multimedia environmental models, software and related databases. Additional details of the ARS modeling research can be found in the report for parent project 5310-61000-014-00D, Improved Knowledge and Modeling of Water Flow and Chemical Transport Processes in Irrigated Soils. Multimedia environmental models provide a method to simulate the fate and transport of materials (water, contaminants, nutrients, metals, etc.) through a variety of environmental media including air, groundwater, surface water and biological media. Many federal agencies employ such models to simulate the movement of materials in the environment. Prior to 2000 many federal agencies were pursuing common modeling technologies in order to incorporate the use of multimedia environmental models into agency missions. Researchers within these agencies realized that a significant savings in development time and cost could be achieved if multimedia model development were coordinated among the different agencies involved. As part of this project, ARS-Riverside was to develop and maintain a publicly accessible website (www.iscmem.org) enhancing this cooperation and coordination in research on multimedia environmental models, software and related databases. The Federal Agencies currently involved are NRC, EPA, USGS, COE, DOE, ARS, NRCS, NOAA, and USBR. Maintenance of the website involves minor editing of material submitted by the MOU Steering Committee for posting, placing new materials (announcements, conference proceedings, links to participating agencies, technology transfer activities, working groups), and addressing any minor bugs or minor enhancements. Full details of the MOU and its web site are at www.iscmem.org. The first ISCMEM MOU expired in July 2006. A new 5-year MOU was established last year and is posted on the website. The renewed MOU ensures continued collaboration among a diverse group of researchers within the 9 Federal agencies in the area of multimedia environmental modeling. The renewed MOU and its web site are expected to continue to motivate collaboration among researchers for projects of considerable interagency benefit.

Impacts
(N/A)

Publications


    Progress 10/01/05 to 09/30/06

    Outputs
    Progress Report 4d Progress report. This report serves to document research conducted under a reimbursable agreement between the Agricultural Research Service and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Additional details of research can be found in the report for the parent project 5310-61000-009-00D, Decision Support Tools and Databases for Optimal Management of Chemically-Affected Soils. Multimedia environmental models provide a method to simulate the flow of materials (water, contaminants, nutrients, metals, etc.) through a variety of environmental media including air, groundwater, surface water and biological media. Many federal agencies employ such models to simulate the movement of materials in the environment. Prior to 2000 many federal agencies were pursuing common modeling technologies in order to incorporate the use of multimedia environmental models into agency missions. Researchers within these agencies realized that a significant savings in development time and cost could be achieved if multimedia model development were coordinated among the different agencies involved. The publicly accessible Website (www.iscmem.org) was to be developed and maintained to enhance this cooperation and coordination in research on multimedia environmental models, software and related databases. The Federal Agencies currently involved are NRC, EPA, USGS, COE, DOE, ARS, NRCS, NOAA, and USBR. The web site work includes maintaining the site for the 5-year tenure of the MOU. Maintenance involves minor editing of material submitted by the MOU Steering Committee for posting, and addressing any minor bugs or minor enhancements. Full details of the MOU and its web site are at www.iscmem.org. The current ISCMEM MOU expired in July 2006. A new draft renewal document is posted on the website to serve as a source of information for potential signatories to a new ISCMEM MOU. The renewed MOU would ensure continued collaboration among a diverse group of researchers within the 9 Federal agencies in the area of multimedia environmental modeling. The renewed MOU and its web site are expected to continue to motivate collaboration among researchers for projects of considerable interagency benefit.

    Impacts
    (N/A)

    Publications