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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2019

UNDERSTANDING AND ASSESSING RIPARIA HABITAT VULNERABILITY TO DROUGHT-PRONE CLIMATE REGIMES ON DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BASES IN THE SOUTHWESTERN USA

Riparia Vulnerability Drought

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Titre : UNDERSTANDING AND ASSESSING RIPARIA HABITAT VULNERABILITY TO DROUGHT-PRONE CLIMATE REGIMES ON DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BASES IN THE SOUTHWESTERN USA

Identification : 1019620

Pays : Etats Unis

Durée : START : 03 MAY 2019 TERM : 31 DEC 2022

Résumé
ur project will provide a toolkit and quantitative support for land/water conservation management plans to promote the sustainability and resilience of riparian forest ecosystems in arid and semi-arid landscapes. This work will focus on drought-prone ecosystems, where prolonged dry periods affect riparian habitat quantity and quality, thereby limiting their role as thermal and moisture refugia for many threatened and endangered (T&E) species including songbirds and amphibians. Drought stress affects the extent, functioning, and sustainability of riparian habitats for T&E species, which are of great management concern on Department of Defense (DoD) bases. However, there are currently limited tools available for developing sustainable, long-term riparian habitat management plans that are responsive to changes in the mean state and variability of climate. Our project will detect and assess the responses of sensitive riparian forests to drought stress over recent decades, and will generalize these responses through modeling of a warming/drying climate punctuated by variable rainfall. The research will be carried out within three DoD bases in the Southwest, but will be widely applicable to other drought-prone lands, which is critical because the spatial extent and severity of drought is increasing across the USA.Awarded Start Date : September 19, 2018Sponsor : University of California at Santa Barbara

Performing Institution : STATE UNIV OF NEW YORK
Investigator : Stella, J, C.

Présentation : USDA (NIFA)

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