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Western Lake Erie Restoration Assessment Composite Model


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Justin Saarinen, 20161001, Western Lake Erie Restoration Assessment Composite Model: U.S. Geological Survey,


Well-established conservation planning principles and techniques framed by geodesign were used to assess the restorability of areas that historically supported coastal wetlands along the U.S. shore of western Lake Erie. The resulting analysis supported planning efforts to identify, prioritize, and track wetland restoration opportunity and investment in the region. To accomplish this, publicly available data, criteria derived from the regional managers and local stakeholders, and geospatial analysis were used to form an ecological model for spatial prioritization (Western Lake Erie Restoration Assessmente (WLERA)). Within the 192,618 ha study area that was bounded by the mouths of the Detroit River, MI to the north and the Black River, [...]


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NewGAM Lab
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Justin Saarinen
Metadata Contact :
Constance Sartor
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U.S. Geological Survey
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NewGAM Lab, ScienceBase Team

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The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is an over $4B U.S. congressional investment in the restoration of Great Lakes ecosystems. Restoration goals of the GLRI include the functional restoration of Great Lakes coastal wetlands (Great Lakes Restoration Initiative 2010; 2014). The data were collected in order to model, using a geodesign approach, the restorability of coastal wetlands and help managers prioritize future restoration projects. Restorability model developed by New College and USGS using detailed terrain and historical lake levels, and national soils, wetlands, land use, and land cover data.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F74T6GHX

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