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Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

WARC conducts relevant and objective research, develops new approaches and technologies, and disseminates scientific information needed to understand, manage, conserve, and restore wetlands and other aquatic and coastal ecosystems and their associated plant and animal communities throughout the nation and the world. 

News

Traversing the Sea for Science: How USGS Uses the Federal Fleet to Study Natural Hazards, Resources, and More

Traversing the Sea for Science: How USGS Uses the Federal Fleet to Study Natural Hazards, Resources, and More

A new strategy to help unleash USGS eDNA capabilities

A new strategy to help unleash USGS eDNA capabilities

Teenage citizen-scientist helps USGS confirm unique population of threatened turtle

Teenage citizen-scientist helps USGS confirm unique population of threatened turtle

Publications

Temporal habitat use of mule deer in the Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are important economically, culturally, and recreationally to the Pueblo of Santa Ana in central New Mexico, USA. Studies of habitat selection improve our understanding of mule deer ecology in central New Mexico and provide the Tribe with valuable information for management of mule deer. We used global positioning system telemetry-collar data collected on mule deer
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Daniel E. Bird, Laura D'Acunto, Daniel Ginter, Glenn Harper, Patrick A. Zollner

Projected sea-level rise and high tide flooding at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Florida

IntroductionNational parks and preserves in the South Atlantic-Gulf Region contain valuable coastal habitats such as tidal wetlands and mangrove forests, as well as irreplaceable historic buildings and archeological sites located in low-lying areas. These natural and cultural resources are vulnerable to accelerated sea-level rise and escalating high tide flooding events. Through a Natural Resource
Authors
Hana R. Thurman, Nicholas M. Enwright, Michael J. Osland, Davina L. Passeri, Richard H. Day, Bethanie M. Simons

Realizing the potential of eDNA biodiversity monitoring tools in the marine environment with application to offshore renewable energy

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researches the biological diversity and distribution of species to support management, conservation, and resource use decisions. USGS scientists advance detection and monitoring technologies to assess changes in fish and wildlife populations, biodiversity, and the health of ecosystems. The United States is planning to install 30 gigawatts of offshore marine and wi
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Adam Sepulveda, Cheryl Morrison, Maggie Hunter, Mona Khalil

Science

Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan for Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Project: Large-scale Marsh Creation – Upper Barataria Component

USGS will provide support to the Large-scale Marsh Creation – Upper Barataria Component Project by monitoring productivity and elevation changes before and after the restoration to monitor the success of the adaptive management.
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Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan for Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Project: Large-scale Marsh Creation – Upper Barataria Component

USGS will provide support to the Large-scale Marsh Creation – Upper Barataria Component Project by monitoring productivity and elevation changes before and after the restoration to monitor the success of the adaptive management.
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Identifying and Projecting Water Quality Outcomes of Canal Backfilling Restoration at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

USGS researchers and their partners will develop a coupled hydrodynamic and water quality modeling system; calibrate and validate the models; assess and predict outcomes of a canal backfilling restoration project on key water quality attributes; and run the modeling system under a suite of climate change scenarios.
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Identifying and Projecting Water Quality Outcomes of Canal Backfilling Restoration at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

USGS researchers and their partners will develop a coupled hydrodynamic and water quality modeling system; calibrate and validate the models; assess and predict outcomes of a canal backfilling restoration project on key water quality attributes; and run the modeling system under a suite of climate change scenarios.
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Lower Trophic Level Monitoring to Support Restoration of Living Resources in Barataria Estuary, Louisiana

USGS researchers are collecting information about lower trophic levels in Barataria Estuary to develop a long-term monitoring plan.
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Lower Trophic Level Monitoring to Support Restoration of Living Resources in Barataria Estuary, Louisiana

USGS researchers are collecting information about lower trophic levels in Barataria Estuary to develop a long-term monitoring plan.
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