Farmscoper is a decision support tool that can be used to assess diffuse agricultural pollutant loads on a farm and quantify the impacts of farm mitigation methods on these pollutants.
The farm systems within the tool can be customised to reflect management and environmental conditions representative of farming across England and Wales. The tool contains over 100 mitigation methods, including many of those in the latest Defra Mitigation Method User Guide.
FARMSCOPER was originally developed under Defra project WQ0106. It was expanded under Defra Project SCF0104 to include additional pollutants and two new workbooks – one providing greater detail on the costs of mitigation method implementation, the other allowing the tool to be applied at catchment to national scale. Under Environment Agency funding, the catchment scale data has been updated to 2015, with data now included for a range of smaller spatial scales. New documentation on applying Farmscoper at smaller spatial scales is included in the installation package.
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R. Gooday, S. Anthony, C. Durrant, D. Harris, D. Lee, P. Metcalfe, P. Newell-Price & A. Turner (2015). Developing the Farmscoper Decision support tool. Final Report for Defra Project SCF0104.
R. Gooday, D. Harris, C. Durrant, P Newell-Price & S. Anthony. A framework for assessing the cost of mitigation implementation at farm scale, in prep.