The RESTORE Act (33 U.S. Code § 1321) directs 80% of Clean Water Act penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (likely to be in the billions) to Gulf of Mexico restoration.
Projects By Product: Publication
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives use a collaborative approach to identify landscape scale conservation solutions. LCCs work across jurisdictional and political boundaries to work with partners to: meet unfilled conservation needs, develop decision support tools, share data and knowledge, and facilitate and foster partnerships.
As part of a shared science strategy, LCCs coordinate closely with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Center and the eight regional Climate Science Centers.
Quantitative studies focusing on the collection of semibuoyant fish eggs, which are associated with a pelagic broadcast-spawning reproductive strategy, are often conducted to evaluate reproductive success.
Stopover use by migrating shorebirds is affected by patch-level characteristics of habitat, but the relative influence of broadscale factors is poorly understood.
Habitat fragmentation is considered to be a leading cause that is responsible for the long-term population declines of Northern Bobwhites.
Flow alteration -- from new and existing water supply projects, increased urbanization, and drought conditions -- is a pervasive threat to aquatic wildlife throughout the Gulf Coast Prairie region. One species susceptible to this threat is Guadalupe Bass, an economically and ecologically importa
Habitat fragmentation and degradation are considered to be a leading causes of long-term population declines of Northern Bobwhites and many other species of grassland birds, such as Eastern Meadowlark. Research is needed to understand the factors causing habitat loss and fragmentation and to ide
No one has better knowledge and opportunity to document coastal storm effects than the people who live in coastal communities. By training a network of Local Environmental Observers to collect coastal storm data, we improve local capacity to engage in coastal observations.
This project will identify existing coastal change projects in Western Alaska and synthesize information about each project. The resulting report will document the project landscape for communities, researchers, resource managers, and funding agencies.
This project investigates the variability in size and annual growth of juvenile Chinook across western Alaska, the association of juvenile Chinook size or annual growth with stream temperature gradients, and whether expected water temperature changes will affect juvenile Chinook habitat suitabili
This project will compile and analyze existing stream, river and lake temperatures data in SW Alaska, and will result in refinement of the monitoring plan developed to characterize thermal responses to ongoing climate change in the region.
By combining analyses of data from two large lake systems in the Kvichak watershed, laboratory rearing experiments to elucidate functional relationships, and simulation modeling, this project quantifies biological responses to changing freshwater temperature in sockeye salmon in western Alaska.
This project focuses on permafrost change and its effect on lake habitat in Western Alaska. Resource managers and local communities need spatially explicit information to determine past lake habitat changes, identify spatial patterns correlated to climate, and project future habitat changes.
This project will provide an understanding of how precipitation patterns interact with watershed topography to control stream water sources and thermal regimes.
Mid-winter icing events have the potential to lead to population declines of caribou due to restricted access to forage.
This project will quantify the effect that the reduction of nearshore ice coverage has on coastal flooding by developing a model accounting for sea ice, tide, wind-driven wave dynamics and currents on storm surges along the Western Alaska coast.
The specific objectives of this contract are to identify and categorize key differences and similarities between islands and continental systems that are relevant to achieving sustainable landscapes/seascapes at regional scales; to develop a conservation framework that integrates planning process
Past analysis has shown that temperature-dependent avian malaria is likely to reduce overall available Hawaiian forest bird habitat with temperature increases.
This project will conduct numerical climate change projection experiments for Hawaii through development and application of a nested regional atmospheric modeling system with high resolution over limited areas.
This project will develop a landscape dynamics model to project future (e.g., 25, 50, 100 yrs) trends in cottonwood forest area and age distribution for four remnant floodplain reaches on the Missouri River, based on recent rates (or alternative scenarios) of land use change, cottonwood recruitme
This project will build on existing experience with statistical downscaling methods to derive comprehensive estimates of the future rainfall changes over the Hawaiian Islands for the mid and late 21st century (2046-2065 and 2080-2100, respectively).
This project evaluates several tools for predicting survival from infection with avian malaria by Hawaii amakihi. Impending loss from global warming of high elevation, disease-free refugia for forest birds is one of the most significant threats facing Hawaii's imperiled avifauna.
This project will predict future distributions of cloud forests and species across high mountain ecosystems in Hawaii, which are experiencing rapid rates of climate change.
This project develops equations describing changes in coral growth rates in response to increased temperature and ocean acidification. These data are necessary for developing and refining models evaluating the future impact of climate change on Pacific coral reef communities.
This project models bird species' responses to long-term and large-scale landscape change on Pohnpei Island, Federated States of Micronesia.
Only one Hawaiian tree, mamane, has annual growth rings trees that can be used in reconstructing Hawaii precipitation over the past 100+ years.
Climate variability will likely have important effects on the future of marine ecosystems and may present a significant challenge for marine top predators.
This endeavor establishes an iterative process to produce the first comprehensive climate assessment of the Pacific Islands region, resulting both in a stand-alone report and the content of the Pacific Islands regional chapter for the 2013 National Climate Assessment.
Ensembles of corrected IPCC AR5 climate models will be used to project SST, pCO2, and salinity in the insular Pacific. Projections of coral bleaching risk and aragonite saturation state will be used to project years for all reef locations beyond which reefs are likely to rapidly degrade.
Using biocultural and participatory approaches, we will carry out an in-depth study of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in Ka'upulehu, Hawaii Island.
This effort will use GCM and coupled numerical wave model output to provide hourly data and statistical measures (mean and top 5% values) of wave height, wave period, wave direction, wind speed, and wind direction for 15 DOI-managed coastal assets (parks and refuges) in the Pacific Ocean for the
Will determine patterns and causes of recent population declines in the Haleakala silversword associated with observed climate changes in Hawaii's high-elevation ecosystems.
One common way to conduct species vulnerability assessments (VA) to climate change (CC) is to model species distributions and predict CC-related range shifts.
The objective of this experimental research is to determine if genetic enrichment may enhance survival, growth, and adaptation of important native Hawaiian montane plant species to changing precipitation patterns by relocating conspecifics to more favorable climate regimes at higher elevation.
This project builds upon existing data and collaborations to incorporate climate change and economic considerations into a decision support framework for prioritizing restoration of passage.
This project builds on existing work by the Washington Habitat Connectivity Working Group to provide scientific analyses and tools necessary to conserve wildlife habitat connectivity.
A soil vulnerability index and a map indicating where forest cover are likely to be most affected by changes in precipitation and temperature will be developed.
Create conceptual models of environmental and community health indicators in reference to climate forecasts. Sensitivity of species and habitats to climate will be cross-walked with recently developed Coast Salish community health indicators (e.g.
This project will provide a comprehensive synthesis of beaver recolonization science and techniques for successful reintroduction or population expansion through a thorough, in-depth, coordinated review of all North American beaver-related information, including identification of research gaps an
This project will evaluate the impacts of future climate change scenarios on the survival and viability of Pacific lamprey and Pacific Eulachon populations that are used as food sources by the Native American tribes of the Columbia River Basin and the coastal areas of Washington and Oregon.
This project updated the Northeast Terrestrial Habitat Map by remapping the Virginia coastal plain and piedmont.
Landscape permeability, also referred to as "habitat connectivity," is the ability of a diverse land area to provide for passage of animals. This project is evaluating and mapping landscape permeability across the 13 state Northeast region.
This project integrated NOAA and NatureServe's Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) and the Nature Conservancy and NatureServe's Northeast Regional Habitat Classification System (NRHCS) in order to extend the latter system to estuarine and marine environments fr
Dozens of species of landbirds, such as warblers, hummingbirds, and orioles, migrate through the Northeastern United States from their summer breeding grounds in the U.S. and Canada to their nonbreeding grounds as far south as South America.
The LCC Performance Measures Project is intended to: Follow the direction of the LCC Performance Measures Working Group; Assess the needs of individual LCCs specific to Performance Measures (PM); Assess the needs of the LCC network specific to PM; Review PM frameworks from natural resource and so
The purpose of the proposed project is to increase the "cross cultural capacity" of indigenous and non-indigenous groups to collaborate on climate adaptation in the Crown of the Continent (CoC) a sub-region of the GNLCC area.
This project will focus on analysis of 10 years of GPS telemetry data for 60 grizzly bears across the threatened and fragmented trans-border grizzly bear subpopulations in the Cabinet, Yaak, Purcell, and Selkirk Mountain (Proctor et al.
Funded project resulted in 6 publications related to shorebird and grassland bird migration and nesting success in the great plains region.
Man-made water sources have been used as a management tool for wildlife, especially in arid regions, but the value of these water sources for wildlife populations is not well understood.
The objective of this project is to develop tools to assist managers in protecting and restoring streams for brook trout and other aquatic resources in the face of threats such as climate change and development.
Landscape simulation modeling will be used to develop detailed management guidelines for restoring and sustaining whitebark pine under future climates, accounting for the principal stressors that threaten its persistence (exotic disease infections, mountain pine beetles, and fire exclusion polici