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Science collaborative - Angela Doroff


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Assessing Coastal Uplift & Habitat Changes in a Glacially Influenced Estuary System

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Science collaborative - Angela Doroff

  1. 1. The Big Goal of the Science Collaborative: funding science that gets applied <ul><li>Resources to integrate science and management </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement of intended users throughout the process </li></ul>
  2. 2. Planning for a Changing Landscape <ul><li>Research Project : Assessing Coastal Uplift & Habitat Changes in a Glacially Influenced Estuary System </li></ul><ul><li>Research Team : Angela Doroff –Principal Investigator (KBRR), Megan Murphy Integration Lead (KBRR), Steve Baird Co-Principal Investigator (KBRR), Jeff Freymueller Co-Principal investigator (UAF) </li></ul><ul><li>Core Intended Users : City of Homer’s Office of the Mayor, Port and Harbor, and Planning and Zoning Office, Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Office of the Mayor, Seldovia Village Tribe, Kachemak Bay NERR Community Council, Kenai Peninsula Coastal Management Program, NOAA Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Mining, Land and Water </li></ul><ul><li>Project Timeline : 9/2010 to 9/2013 </li></ul><ul><li>For more information : </li></ul>
  3. 3. KBRR Science Collaborative Idea Statement <ul><li>Land-Level Changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Earthquakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Since 1964, models have projected uplift of up to 60cm in the Bay area. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The models were based on a limited number of sites near Kachemak Bay. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Glaciers are melting at a fairly rapid rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The weight released from the earth’s surface as glaciers retreat has caused rebound or uplift. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relative Sea Level Rise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Important to understand sea level rise projections in the context of land level change </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The waters in Kachemak Bay are fed by 15 glaciers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The increased melt water is rich in nutrients and sediments which influence the community ecology in the Bay. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What We Hope to Accomplish <ul><li>A final report that summarizes land and sea level changes in our area and provide information to our partners in a useful and efficient way to assist with local decision making processes </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of long-term monitoring sites to continue to monitor changes beyond the study period </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a team of well trained Citizen Scientists who can participate in the long-term monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Through outreach and education, identify additional users of the information generated </li></ul>
  5. 5. Process: 1 st Meeting <ul><li>The Principal Investigators and Core Intended Users of the information met on 30 Nov 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>We introduced a Collaborative Learning method as a guiding process for the study </li></ul><ul><li>We discussed project methods and data interpretation </li></ul><ul><li>We reviewed how the data can be used by people on the team </li></ul><ul><li>We identified other people/agencies who could contribute to this study </li></ul>
  6. 6. Updating a Land-level Change Model
  7. 7. Measuring Coastal Uplift on Non-bedrock Sites HOMER SELDOVIA KASITSNA BAY KACHEMAK SELO Salt Marsh Site Status Relative to Glacial Melt water Comments Sadie Cove >100 years w/o glacial input China Poot No major input since 1964 Altered flow post 1964 quake Fox River Flats Strong input also ground water input Beluga Slough No input since the last little ice age? primarily ground & rain water
  8. 8. Emergent Vegetation and Substrate : building on previous KBRR Studies and adding new sites <ul><li>1 st order vegetation mapping carried out at all sites </li></ul><ul><li>Beluga Slough and Fox River flats have vertically stable benchmarks and validation of vegetation classifications </li></ul><ul><li>Similar work will be conducted for Sadie Cove and China Poot marshes summer 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Additional monitoring will be added to all sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Temperature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment of sediment accretion </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Biological Diversity: beyond vegetation <ul><li>Setting up a framework for long-term monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>At each study site, 6 transects will be randomly selected </li></ul><ul><li>A 100m 2 plot will be sampled at high and low marsh levels </li></ul><ul><li>Biologists and community monitors document diversity and relative abundance for the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Infaunal invertebrates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insects in the vegetation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fish diversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mammals (presence) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Birds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Proposed Study Design </li></ul>
  10. 10. Citizen Science, BioBlitz, and Discovery Labs: building on KBRR education and outreach strengths <ul><li>Information building blocks will be included in Discovery Labs </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated training on inventory and monitoring techniques for Citizen Science support </li></ul><ul><li>Working hand in hand with staff biologists </li></ul><ul><li>Providing opportunities to students </li></ul>
  11. 11. How will this be accomplished? <ul><li>We will be evaluating and adapting our list of project outcomes through our regularly scheduled quarterly CIU meetings </li></ul><ul><li>We will be getting a little bit of mud on us in the local salt marshes </li></ul><ul><li>We will all learn something useful! </li></ul>