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    Category Archive: Science

    Nov 25 2014

    Ecosystem Modeling to Support Adaptive Management – Lessons from 40 years of Decision Support for the Great Lakes

    Managing large interconnected systems of water bodies presents complex challenges, and model simulations are an essential tool.  For many years, the Great Lakes community has used models to support management of their system.  The complexity of the Bay Delta system presents similar challenges. Adaptive management will be critical, given climate change and other uncertainties.  This …

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    Nov 21 2014

    A restoration hub for the Delta: Better tools and processes for science-based restoration

    Restoration in the Delta has always been challenging, at best. Habitat restoration objectives already number in the tens of thousands of acres, and far more if the Bay Delta Conservation Plan should come to pass. But restoration on a large scale presents many challenges.  The proposed Delta Restoration Hub is an integrative model for planning, implementation, and …

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    Nov 20 2014

    Science news and reports: USGS Synthesis of studies in the fall low-salinity zone of the San Francisco Estuary, plus aquatic plants, El Nino, big data and more …

    Synthesis of studies in the fall low-salinity zone of the San Francisco Estuary, September-December 2011: “In fall 2011, a large-scale investigation (fall low-salinity habitat investigation) was implemented by the Bureau of Reclamation in cooperation with the Interagency Ecological Program to explore hypotheses about the ecological role of low-salinity habitat in the San Francisco Estuary—specifically, hypotheses …

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    Nov 20 2014

    Delta science vision: Sustainable data integration for the Delta

    In June of 2014, the Delta Science Program hosted an Environmental Data Summit, which brought together scientists, managers, and experts to discuss how to increase data and information sharing using new technologies.  A white paper will soon be released, which details the challenges, solutions, and strategies gathered from summit participants. In the first part of …

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    Nov 18 2014

    Bay Delta Science Conference: The Delta Science Plan and the Interim Science Action Agenda

    The Delta Science Plan was completed in 2013 and serves as our framework for building the vision of ‘One Delta, One Science,’ which means an open Delta science community that works together to build a shared state of knowledge with the capacity to adapt and inform current and future water and environmental decisions in the …

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    Nov 14 2014

    Dr. Stephen Brandt: Habitat quality: A fish’s perspective

    The 8th Biennial Bay Delta Science Conference brought together over a thousand scientists, managers, and policy makers to Sacramento to hear the latest advances in scientific information and ideas on water resource management in the Delta, its watershed, and the San Francisco Estuary. As the fifth and final plenary speaker, Delta Independent Science Board member …

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    Nov 13 2014

    Science news and reports: The Ich factor, sudden oak death, progress in data collection & dissemination, ENSO Forecast -slip slidin’ away, and more …

    In science news this week: The Ich factor, Drought brings right conditions to stem sudden oak death, Progress in data collection & dissemination, Everglades ‘River of Grass’ to flow again – experimentally, Groundwater warming up in sync, Details on the November ENSO forecast: Slip-slidin’ away, Latest supercomputers enable high-resolution climate models, truer simulation of extreme …

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    Nov 12 2014

    Dr. Peter Goodwin: Six things the Delta science community has learned in the last two years

    Dr. Peter Goodwin is an internationally recognized expert in ecohydraulics, ecosystem restoration, and the enhancement of river, wetland and estuarine systems. Among his many accomplishments, he is the Presidential Professor in Ecohydraulics and professor of civil engineering at the University of Idaho, and the founding and current director of the Center for Ecohydraulics Research.  Since …

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    Nov 06 2014

    Science news and reports: Wetlands restoration, non-native fish, atmospheric rivers, the amazing life of sand, why past ENSO cases aren’t key to predicting the current case, and a new study shows shift from snow to rain decreases streamflow, and more …

    In science news this week, Study finds restoring wetlands can lessen soil sinkage and greenhouse gas emissions; Do non-native fish have a place in the Delta?, Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park: fracture-controlled erodibility and great rock climbing; The amazing life of sand; Mussels on California Coast contaminated with giardia transmitted from land-based sources; New …

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    Oct 30 2014

    Science news and reports: Scary Halloween invasives, Effectiveness of water policies aimed at reducing consumption evaluated, Fish and Fukushima, and more…

    Scary Halloween invasives: Don’t open your door to these trick or treaters: “Many of the alien species invading California’s lakes and streams would make for wickedly good Halloween costumes.  Take the Shokihaze goby, Tridentiger barbatus (above and right), now common in Suisun Bay and the lower Sacramento River. Its spiky stubble of whisker-like barbels about the mouth …

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    Oct 23 2014

    Science news and reports: New tool identifies high-priority dams for fish survival, rivers flow differently over gravel beds, Mediterranean and semi-arid ecosystems prove resistant to climate change, some scientists don’t like to share, and more …

    In science news this week: New tool identifies high-priority dams in California for fish survival, rivers flow differently over gravel beds, Mediterranean and semi-arid ecosystems prove resistant to climate change, some scientists don’t like to share, NASA soil moisture mapper arrives at launch site, September is fourth month this year to set record for warmth, …

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    Oct 16 2014

    Science news and reports: It was the perfect fish study, until nature messed it up, the fishy food chain, study finds 1934 drought worst of the last millennium and more …

    In science news this week, It was the perfect fish study, until nature messed it up, the fishy food chain, study finds 1934 drought worst of the last millennium, Drought: Questions of survival, Fish moving poleward at a rate of 26 kilometers per decade, The mystery of Alaska’s Chinook salmon decline, Researchers assess risks to …

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    Oct 09 2014

    Science news and reports: Building resilient landscapes, habitat restoration, chinook salmon, Bay-Delta Science Conference preview, tsunami debris and invasive species and more …

    In science news this week, Futures past, Council Field Trip of the Antioch Dunes and Dutch Slough, Council Endorses Issue Paper on Habitat Restoration, Deer Creek: One of many, one of a kind, Former science fellow continues chinook salmon studies,  New Delta Nutrient Research Plan website, Bay Delta Science Conference Preview, Designing rivers: Environmental flows …

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    Oct 09 2014

    USGS Science in the Delta, plus other notes from the September meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council

    At the September 25 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the council members unanimously approved the addition of the USGS to the core membership of the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, the committee that the Council has formed to coordinate implementation of the Delta Plan. After the vote was taken, USGS Deputy Regional Director Jeff …

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    Oct 08 2014

    In the Bay Area, Alameda Creek work trickles on

    From Ariel Rubissow-Okamoto at Estuary News: Throughout Alameda Creek’s 640-square-mile watershed dozens
 of wet spots have been drained, dams built, creeks buried, and channels reshaped. “The watershed is huge and complex, and all these changes, compounded over time, have left us with a long and arduous path to getting it to function more naturally again. …

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