Impervious surfaces like asphalt, cement and roofing prevent infiltration of rainfall into the soil, disrupting the water cycle and affecting both the quantity and quality of our water resources. In recent years, research has shown the amount of impervious surface in a watershed to be a reliable indicator of the impacts of development on water resources.
NEMO has long been associated with the topic of impervious surfaces, but until now weve never collected all our stuff in one place. Well, here it is—along with some of other people's stuff, too.
& Design section
mostly links to existing resources from NEMO and other shops. The Estimating & Mapping section
contains summaries of the many methods that weve used here
at UConn to keep track of impervious surface, with frequent links
to the Literature section
for those who want more detailed information. And, for those in
Connecticut, the Data
& Maps section will eventually become a one-stop shopping
center for impervious-meisters. Keep checking back, because
we intend to improve and expand this site as new information
and studies become available.