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Stabilizing the OFoot Decision Support Tool for Interdisciplinary Research

The online agricultural carbon calculator, OFoot, provides a user-friendly interface suitable for not just researchers, but also producers and students, to estimate whole farm carbon footprints. OFoot continues to be a key component to many research, extension, and educational efforts. New planned projects require the tool to be stable, easily maintained, and have good performance. The original state of the tool did not meet these requirements due to the poor quality of its hosting environment and lack of long-term financial support. To ensure that the tool continues to benefit research and education relating to organic and sustainable agriculture in the future, the tool needed a new hosting environment. This project first determined the best environment for long-term cost-effective hosting, then migrated the tool to the new host, then tested its functioning in the new environment. The OFoot tool, now stabilized in a virtual machine hosted by WSU CAHNRS Information Technology, will be supported by the USDA-ARS Northwest Sustainable Agroecosystems Research unit using long-term guaranteed funds from the USDA-ARS funded program.

Grant Information

  • Project ID: 182
  • Project Status: Complete

2018

  • Principal Investigator(s): Carpenter-Boggs, L.
  • Investigator(s): Huggins, D.
  • Grant Amount: $7944

2020

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