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Western Lake Erie Restoration Assessment: Composite Model

May 24, 2024

This dataset contains all the layers associated with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Restoration Assessment (GLCWRA) initiative for the Western Lake Erie Restoration Assessment (WLERA) which aims to identify and rank coastal areas with the greatest potential for wetland habitat restoration. Each layer has a unique contribution to the identification of restorable wetlands. The 7 parameters (Parameter 0: Mask, Parameter 1: Hydroperiod, Parameter 2: Wetland Soils, Parameter 3: Flowlines, Parameter 4: Conservation and Recreation Lands, Parameter 5: Impervious Surfaces, and Parameter 6: Land Use) and Index Composite directly correlate to areas that are recommended for restoration. The dikes, degree flowlines, culverts, study area and DEM datasets are supplemental layers that provide additional information around the priority rank values. All layers were produced in collaboration with the USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center, USGS Great Lakes Science Center, and by the New College of Florida. For more information on the methodology used to create these parameters, view the metadata from WLERA and the GLCWRA webpage:

Publication Year 2024
Title Western Lake Erie Restoration Assessment: Composite Model
DOI 10.5066/P9OS796H
Authors Margaret (Maggie) E Jaenicke, Anders L Hopkins, Kurt P Kowalski, Alexandra (Sasha) A Bozimowski, Chris A Sanocki
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Great Lakes Science Center