Researchers Present Protocols for Evaluating Barrier Island Restoration Effectiveness

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Protocols created as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program and will be used to evaluate project success and determine if adaptive management action may be needed to achieve habitat restoration and mainland storm protection.

Researchers with the Wetlands Aquatic Research Center, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, and Lower Mississippi Gulf Water Science Center, along with collaborators with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will presenting protocols they have developed for assessing if barrier island restoration projects are meeting their objectives. These protocols are being created as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program and will be used to evaluate project success and determine if adaptive management action may be needed to achieve specific goals for habitat restoration and mainland storm protection. USGS is also supporting protocol evaluation through data collection and management and by developing visualization tools.

For more information visit: http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/Missions/Program-and-Project-Management/Civil-Projects/MsCIP/.