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USGS scientists have made great strides in refining and extending the capabilities of the Computational Assessments of Scenarios of Change for the Delta Ecosystem (CASCaDE II model systems); a collaboration among the USGS and several academic and international organizations. This paved the way for more reliable and objective evaluations of the ecosystem consequences of management actions and climate change than have been possible. CASCaDE II is an integrated system that models linkages between climate, hydrology, hydrodynamics, sediment, water quality, and several biological and ecological processes occurring in the Estuary. This will improve the ability for scientists and planners to anticipate and diagnose Bay-Delta ecosystem responses to both planned and unplanned changes including modifications of water infrastructure, tidal marsh restoration, and climate change.
USGS is collaborating with management agencies and stakeholders to apply the CASCaDE tools to answer questions critical to California’s water future and preservation of the Bay-Delta, such as how climate change and the new conveyance infrastructure and increased tidal marsh will alter drinking water quality.
The San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is one of the largest estuaries in the United States. It provides water to more than 25 million California residents, farmlands, and key fish and wildlife habitats. To help ensure the health of this crucial estuary, the USGS provides science essential to address issues of importance to our partners and the public.
CURRENT USGS SCIENCE:
- Contaminants in Waterbirds and Effects on Avian Reproduction
- #FloraFaunaFridays: Capture the California Clapper Rail
- Food Web and Invertebrate Ecology Studies in Pacific Coast Estuaries
- Modeling Sea-Level Rise in San Francisco Bay Estuary
- San Francisco Bay Benthic Macroinvertebrate Atlas
- Stories from the Field: Ecology of California Ridgway's Rails
- Waterbird Breeding Ecology and Management
- Wetland Restoration in the San Francisco Bay Delta and Pacific Northwest
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