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Matthew Heller


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Webinar recording of the LCC DMWG Monthly Meeting (6/29/2017).
Webinar recording of the LCC DMWG Weekly Meeting (10/23/2017)
The Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC) encompasses over 280 million acres, includes parts of 6 states and 2 Canadian provinces, and must address issues that overlap with over 30 management and research entities. The data management framework will include options to deal with very large datasets as well as treatment of local data collection and project tracking efforts. The goal of the Landscape Conservation Cooperative process is to help resource managers address landscape-scale stressors. The issues facing these managers include habitat fragmentation, genetic isolation, spread of invasive species, and water scarcity, as well as how these issues are accelerated by climate change. Addressing...
Wetlands are valuable ecosystems that benefit society. They allow for gradual recharge of groundwater, control erosion, mitigate water pollution, provide water storage, support food and recreational bases for people, and play an important role in biogeochemical cycles. Additionally, wetlands are among the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, due largely to their dynamic hydrology, which depends on factors directly influenced by climate, such as precipitation and evaporation. Because of these factors, wetlands are considered to be especially sensitive to climate change. A small change in precipitation or evaporation—which is dependent on temperature, among other factors—can alter wetland hydrology, which in turn...
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