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Input and results from a boosted regression tree (BRT) model relating base flow nitrate concentrations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to catchment characteristics (1970-2013)

March 24, 2021

This data release contains a boosted regression tree (BRT) model (written in the R programming language), and the input and output data from that model that were used to relate base flow nitrate concentrations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to catchment characteristics. The input data consists of two types of information: 1) surface water nitrate concentrations collected by the USGS and partnering agencies in the Chesapeake Bay watershed between 1970 and 2013 and 2) potential predictor variables that included nitrogen sources, catchment characteristics, soil and groundwater chemistry, soil drainage and composition, and aquifer geology. The results from the BRT model were used to identify ten significant predictors of base flow nitrate concentrations in streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.