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Conservation Planning and Design, Population and Habitat Assessments

This project applied sea-level rise (SLR) modeling approaches along the Pacific coast tidal gradient at a parcel scale through improved data collection tools and collaboration relevant to land managers. At selected salt marsh parcels in both the North Pacific and California LCCs, data collection techniques were employed to assess detailed baseline habitat elevations; tidal ranges, microclimate, and extreme weather events; sediment supply sources; vegetation community composition; and vertebrate population indices. The design provides resource managers with information on the value of different datasets and methods including their uncertainty, as well as determines their usefulness in climate change adaptation planning in tidal marsh habitats.

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Start Date 8/25/2011

End Date 9/30/2013

Project Status Completed


Fiscal Year Funded 2011

Project Managers Karen Thorne - USGS Western Ecological Research Center

Partners UC Davis , USFWS Humboldt Bay NWR , USFWS Region 8 , NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Collaborative

Geographic Area California