Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Idaho
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Idaho Project

Implications of Climate variability for optimal monitoring and adaptive management in wetland systems.

May 2008 - January 2011


Participating Agencies

  • Research Partnership Proposal (Eastern Reg Off)

1) Formally estimate the multi-scale temporal and spatial variance structure in a suite of putatively climate driven habitat metrics (e.g. lake drying, river flow, flooding frequencies), emphasizing available legacy datasets from remote sensing, river gauges, and other pertinent sources; 2) Formally evaluate the implications of the variance in climate-driven habitat trends for optimal monitoring strategies and subsequent design of adaptive management programs, specifically addressing the spatial and temporal intensity of monitoring necessary to estimate whether populations have demonstrated biologically meaningful changes and management activities have been effective or not; 3) Collaboratively explore the implications of the variance in climate-driven habitat trends with two samples of refuges, one group from Region 7 and one group from Region 6, that differ in their a) emphasis on lacustrine/palustrine (Region 7) or riverine (Region 6) aquatic habitats for USFWS trust species and therefore b) their stakeholder interests, inherent environmental variability, degree of climate driven change, and available management actions. 4) Collaboratively explore within- and between-region assessments of the strategic implications of the variance in climate related habitat drivers to the management activities of long-term a) planning, b) budgeting, and c) selection of potential actionable management.