Southwest Biological Science Center

Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program (GCDAMP)

The Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (GCMRC) is the science provider for the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program (GCDAMP), and its scientists study the effects of Glen Canyon Dam operations on the resources of Grand Canyon. More information about the GCDAMP can be found at the Bureau of Reclamation and the GCDAMP Wiki page. Neither of these sites are US Geological Survey (USGS) websites, so accessing those sites means you will leave the USGS website and will be entering other domains. 

Bureau of Reclamation, GCDAMP Page

Bureau of Reclamation, GCDAMP Page

The Bureau of Reclamation's web page for the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program contains a wealth of information on Glen Canyon Dam and the Adaptive Management Program (GCDAMP).  This will take you to a site not maintained by the USGS.

BOR GCDAMP

GCDAMP Wiki Pages

GCDAMP Wiki Pages

An unofficial, yet valuable resource for all things related to the adaptive management program, including how the adaptive management process works, recent meetings, and more.  This site is not maintained by USGS or any other government entity.

GCDAMP Wiki
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Date published: August 3, 2019
Status: Active

River Geomorphology and Geomorphic Change

River channels and their adjacent floodplains are ever evolving in form and composition in response to changing patterns of streamflow, the quantity and size of supplied sediment, and feedbacks with the riparian and aquatic ecosystems. Changes in channel form affect aquatic and riparian habitats, which are important for plants, animals, and insects. Erosion and deposition of river channels and...

Contacts: Paul Grams, Ph.D., David J Topping, Keith A Kohl, Daniel Buscombe, Matt Kaplinskii, Joseph E. Hazel
Date published: August 3, 2019
Status: Active

Sediment Storage in Grand Canyon

The sandbars exposed along the shoreline of the Colorado River represent only a small fraction of the sand deposits in Grand Canyon, most of which are on the bed of the river in eddies and the channel. Current management practice includes efforts to maintain and build sandbars by releasing high flows from Glen Canyon Dam that are timed to coincide with periods of fine-sediment supply from...

Contacts: Paul Grams, Ph.D., Robert Tusso, Keith A Kohl, David J Topping, Joseph E. Hazel, Jr, Daniel Buscombe, Matt Kaplinski
Date published: July 28, 2019
Status: Active

River Campsites in Grand Canyon National Park

Sandbars have been used as campsites by river runners and hikers since the first expeditions to the region more than 100 years ago. Sandbar campsites continue to be an important part of the recreational experience for the more than 25,000 hikers and river runners that visit the Colorado River corridor each year. Because the Colorado River is dominated by bedrock cliffs and steep talus slopes,...

Contacts: Paul Grams, Ph.D., Robert Tusso, Matt Kaplinski
Date published: June 11, 2019
Status: Active

GCMRC Online Maps

The Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center maintains an enterprise GIS platform built upon ESRI ArcGIS Server and Portal applications.  This enterprise system allows for spatial data, maps and analytical tools to be served through online applications.  The Geospatial Science and Technology project provides access to this content through different avenues.  Online maps can be accessed...

Date published: June 11, 2019
Status: Active

GCMRC Data Applications

The Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center develops and collaborates with other science centers to create online data applications that provide access to project data as it becomes available to the public.  Some of these applications provide data in near real-time, while other project data are updated at some regular interval (annually, quarterly).  

Content listed here include...

Date published: June 11, 2019
Status: Active

GCMRC Data Releases

Data releases made available by GCMRC can be found here as they are published via the USGS Fundamental Science Practices (FSPs).  Individual science product links will take users to the USGS ScienceBase website for each entry.

 

Click on Data and Tools Tab to see list of Data Releases.

Date published: April 29, 2019
Status: Active

GCMRC Data and Tools

The Grand Canyon Monitoring and  Research Center offers a collection of data resources and online tools -- including web maps, applications, and other content -- that convey scientific information related to on-going monitoring of the Colorado River.  Some applications are a culmination of long-term monitoring work, while others are developed around more a specific set of information usually...

Date published: April 24, 2019
Status: Active

Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Projects

The Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center currently functions under a Triennial Work Plan (TWP) which is thoroughly reviewed and vetted both internally within the Center and through the GCDAMP Technical Work Group (TWG) and the Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG).  These advisory panels have been a part of the Glen Canyon Dam...

Date published: December 12, 2018
Status: Active

Geospatial Science and Technology

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Southwest Biological Science Center, and more specifically, its River Ecosystem Science branch which includes the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (GCMRC), is a preeminent science group that has more than 20 years of experience of providing high-quality, detailed science to resource managers and stakeholders primarily concerned with the effects of dam...

Date published: November 1, 2018
Status: Active

High-Flow Experiments on the Colorado River

Glen Canyon Dam has altered flow and fine sediment (sand, silt, and clay) dynamics of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. Before the dam, the Colorado River experienced highly variable flows and carried a large amount of sediment through Grand Canyon, which maintained sandbars (highly valued camping areas in Grand Canyon) and provided sand that protected archeological and cultural sites from...

Date published: June 8, 2018
Status: Active

Terrestrial Riparian Vegetation Monitoring: How One Square Meter Can Tell the Story of 245 River Miles

The goal of Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center’s (part of the Southwest Biological Science Center) riparian vegetation monitoring program is to assess changes and trends in plant species composition and cover and relate those changes to Glen Canyon Dam operations, river hydrology, climate, and geomorphology. Monitoring is done by annual field-data collection on plant cover and...

Contacts: Emily Palmquist, Brad Butterfield
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

Overview of Riparian Vegetation in Grand Canyon

Riparian areas are conspicuous belts of dense, green vegetation along streams and rivers, and can be considered “ribbons of life”. Despite covering less than 2 percent of the land area in the southwestern U.S., riparian areas tend to have high species diversity and population density, making them valuable to managers, scientists, and the public. These unique ecosystems act as a link between...

Contacts: Emily Palmquist, Joel B Sankey, Ph.D., Laura Durning, Brad Butterfield