Cooperative Agreement for CESU-affiliated Partner with Colorado Pla...
The USGS is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research in riparian vegetation physiological experiments and synthesis of existing data for predictive modeling of vegetation responses to river flow alterations. These activities will use species occurring on the Colorado Plateau and historic data that includes photo archives, remotely sensed data, and other monitoring data of riparian vegetation on the Colorado Plateau, including along the Colorado River ecosystem (CRe) in Arizona. The research will address questions related to riparian vegetation change over time as it relates to flood events, drought, and climate variables along a regulated river. Both existing data and new data will be required to complete the research. While large monitoring datasets exist for the CRe, key relationships between river flows, climate, and plant response are still poorly understood. Seasonal variations in base flows (minimum flow volume) and daily fluctuating flows both influence t...