Science Center Objects

In 1996, the Secretary of the Interior signed a formal decision altering the historical flows from Glen Canyon Dam and establishing the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program (GCDAMP). In the context of the management of Glen Canyon Dam, adaptive management was selected to create a process whereby “the effects of dam operations on downstream resources would be assessed and the results of those assessments would form the basis of future modifications of dam operations.”

The Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (GCMRC) is responsible for the scientific monitoring and research efforts of the program. Science in the adaptive management process is the “compass” used to evaluate the effects of Glen Canyon Dam operations on resources of concern and to inform changes in course when necessary.

One of the goals of the (GCDAMP) is the maintenance of a high-quality monitoring, research, and adaptive management program. To achieve this goal, GCMRC continues to refine a comprehensive ecosystem science program that is responsive to the needs of the program’s participants and the U.S. Department of Interior. More information can be found here: