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Southern Rockies LCC Webinar on Riparian Restoration - Jan 17

Meg White of The Nature Conservanciy will present on "Vegetative and Geomorphic Complexity at Tributary Junctions on the Colorado and Dolores Rivers: A Blueprint for Riparian Restoration"
When Jan 17, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
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Date: January 17, 2017
Time: 12-1 pm MST  / 11 am -12 pm PST
Presenter: Meg White, The Nature Conservancy

Habitat complexity in rivers is linked to physical processes that act at various spatial scales and requires dynamic hydrologic and geomorphic conditions. On regulated rivers in the western United States, tributaries may provide important resource inputs and serve as sources of dynamism on regulated systems, offering blueprints to guide restoration of habitat complexity in riparian areas. We investigated spatial patterns and extent of tributary influence on riparian habitat complexity along regulated reaches of the Colorado and Dolores Rivers in the western United States.

We hypothesized that riparian habitat complexity, measured as geomorphic and vegetation response, would peak at or downstream of tributary junctions and that the influence of tributaries and patterns in riparian and geomorphic response would vary across grain size. Using a combination of remote sensing and spatial analysis, we classified fluvial features and riparian cover classes to examine patterns along these regulated rivers with measures taken at 10, 25, and 100 m intervals.

Our results showed that complexity patterns increased closer to tributary junctions and patterns differed across scales. Tributary junctions offer dynamism, delivering critical resource inputs such as water and sediment that may serve as refugia and provide the habitat complexity critical for riparian restoration outcomes.

About the speaker: Meg White works as a Flow Scientist and Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy’s Science and Water Programs in the state of Colorado and for the Colorado River Program.  With over 15 years of experience in water, Meg is an interdisciplinary scientist with expertise situated at the intersection of riparian ecology, restoration science, hydrology, landscape ecology, environmental policy, and urban water resources.

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If you miss the webinar, a recording will be available on the Southern Rockies LCC webinar webpage and YouTube Channel.

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