3 Important Reasons the Earth needs Phosphorus!

Water & Wastewater Management, The Environment

3 Important Reasons the Earth needs Phosphorus!

Phosphorus is an important agricultural fertilizer. It stimulates early growth and deep stable root formation. As an essential nutrient:

  • Phosphorus facilitates energy transfer during photosynthesis. Phosphorus is actually good for plants allowing them to collect and store more nutrients in the plant matter that produces the oxygen we breath and the food that we eat.
  • Phosphorus helps plants absorb water. Phosphorus encourages the growth of strong root systems and helps plants efficiently absorb water. This means less water is lost to condensation or drainage runoff. Phosphorus can help us grow nutritious food with less water overall.
  • Phosphorus ultimately promotes food for us through flower and fruit production by encouraging the growth of DNA and RNA. Phosphorus encourages growth in the edible and reproductive portions of a plant allowing us to grow more food quicker.

Phosphorus, when applied correctly and at the right time affixes to the soil molecules and is made available to the plant. The problem with phosphorus is that excess phosphorus fertilizer dissolves into storm water and runs off quickly into streams, rivers, lakes and ultimately the ocean. Phosphorus runoff contributes to poor water quality and increased algal growth. Algae are plant-like organisms that also use phosphorus for photosynthesis, and when stimulated with excess phosphorus, tend to grow quickly and aggressively “like a bad weed.” That explosive growth can lead to toxins released into the water body causing eutrophication and the death of native plant, fish, and wildlife.

Phosphorus, when applied correctly and at the right time affixes to the soil molecules and is made available to the plant.

Satelytics has developed revolutionary methods to detect concentrations of phosphorus on land and in surface water using hyperspectral imagery from satellites. The ability to capture water quality datasets over the surface of entire water bodies has been a goal of surface water professionals for decades, and Satelytics makes that process not only possible, but even more cost effective than manual sampling.  

Providing data sets without considerable data gaps is quite difficult using traditional field sampling methodology. Characterizing the chemistry of a surface water body is typically limited by large surface areas, time constraints, manpower, geographic location, and budget constraints. These limitations typically result in the gathering of grab samples that are not sufficient to statistically represent the average chemical characteristics of the entire surface water area being studied. Consequently, data gaps lead to the compilation of misleading, overly conservative and/or inadequate evaluation.

Using Satelytics, organizations can scan the entire watershed, which highlights areas of significant impact so they can focus monitoring and remedial efforts at those locations. This focused approach to remediation results in a level of detail not possible using evaluations from single grab samples. Thus, there is a need for an efficient and cost effective method for obtaining the comprehensive data packages offered by Satelytics to supplement current monitoring and modeling programs. Sateltyics doesn’t solve the problem, but it  can tell you where your focus should be to develop the most cost-effective solution to your issues.

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