Integrated Regional Wetland Monitoring (IRWM) Pilot Project

Project Description:  

This project involves a two-year field study and analytical effort to examine the role of wetland restoration on affecting ecosystem processes at different scales and to develop effective monitoring methodologies for other restoration projects.

The project is a collaboration amongst a team of eight organizations – Wetlands and Water Resources, PRBO Conservation Science, San Francisco Estuary Institute, University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, University of Washington, U.S. Geological Survey, and Philip Williams and Associates.

Being carried out on behalf of the California Bay-Delta Authority Science Program, the project is aimed at improving our understanding of restoration and monitoring methodologies to improve the effectiveness of ecosystem restoration efforts throughout the San Francisco Estuary and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The project includes monitoring physical processes, vegetation, birds, fish, invertebrates, and primary production at six sites from the western Delta to San Pablo Bay, and landscape ecology at these six sites and extended throughout the region.

WWR is the Lead Principal Investigator, lead for Physical Processes, and co-lead for Landscape Ecology.

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