About the LEAP Project

What is LEAP?

LEAP aims to develop a unified framework that explicitly incorporates agricultural nutrient legacies and time lags into adaptive management strategies to protect water resources under changing climate and land use. The research will integrate the following three components:

  • Biophysical: LEAP will fill key knowledge gaps and develop watershed-scale nutrient modelling tools necessary to determining impacts of historical land-use patterns on current nutrient loading to surface and groundwater.

  • Economic: LEAP will account for trade-offs between initial costs of BMP implementation and delayed benefits of water quality improvements by evaluating appropriate discounting methods.

  • Policy: by quantifying nutrient legacies and associated lag times, LEAP will help select appropriate (site-specific) BMPs and establish nutrient reduction goals within realistic time frames.

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