Paper by McHugh et al. (2017) shows how life cycle models can be used to assess restoration alternatives

posted May 17, 2017, 4:17 PM by Joe Wheaton
Pete McHugh and Carl Saunders led this effort in the Middle Fork John Day to demonstrate how site scale NREI models (e.g. Wall et al, 2016) to inform network scale models to produce fish population capacity estimates that can drive life cycle models. They then use this approach to produce realistic restoration scenarios to see what sort of capacity increases might be produced by various restoration alternatives and what (if any) population level impact this may have. This framework and vision was laid out conceptually in Wheaton et al. (2017), and this case study application and the online supplement provide many of the methodological details for how to pull it together. The McHugh et al. (2017) paper was just published in Ecological Modelling.
References:
  1. 2016. Wall E, Bouwes N, Wheaton JM, Bennett SN, Saunders WC, McHugh PA, and Jordan CE. Design and monitoring of woody structures and their benefits to juvenile steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) using a net rate of energy intake model. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2016-0131.
  2. 2017Wheaton J, Bouwes N, McHugh P, Saunders WC, Bangen SG, Bailey PE, Nahorniak M, Wall CE and Jordan C. Upscaling Site-Scale Ecohydraulic Models to Inform Salmonid Population-Level Life Cycle Modelling and Restoration Actions – Lessons from the Columbia River Basin. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. DOI: 10.1002/esp.4137

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