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Salmon Habitat Modeling Using VELMA


Mckane, Bob, J. Halama, P. Pettus, A. Brookes, Bradley Barnhart, K. Djang, D. Marois, AND G. Blair. Salmon Habitat Modeling Using VELMA. NOAA Coho Habitat Monitoring Workshop, Portland, OR, September 06 - 07, 2017.


On September 6-7, 2017, an EPA Western Ecology Division (WED) researcher, Bob McKane, will present VELMA watershed modeling results at a Coho Salmon Habitat Monitoring Workshop in Portland, OR. NOAA Fisheries and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) organized the workshop. The 30 invited attendees represent an array of salmon recovery experts from academia, and state and federal agencies engaged in coho salmon management in the Pacific Northwest. The workshop will provide a forum for discussing field and modeling research that emphasize management solutions for restoring habitat for threatened coho salmon populations. NOAA and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are interested in using VELMA to assess coho salmon habitat in rivers, floodplains and estuarine environments for coastal Oregon watersheds, and how such modeled habitat conditions can be used to support coho salmon management decisions by NOAA Fisheries and ODFW. This Presentation contributes to SHC 2.61.5b.


An EPA Western Ecology Division (WED) watershed modeling team has developed a watershed simulation model, VELMA, that state and federal agencies are interested in using for salmon recovery planning in the Pacific Northwest. Team member Bob McKane has been invited to serve on an expert panel and present a talk on the use of VELMA for salmon habitat assessments at a “Coho Salmon Habitat Monitoring Workshop” on September 6-7 in Portland, OR. The workshop was organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). The workshop’s overarching question is: How can we best measure all coho salmon habitat (tributaries, main stem, floodplain, and estuarine environments), to understand how it correlates and predicts coho salmon population viability over space (at multiple scales) and time, and to support management decisions by NOAA Fisheries, ODFW and others? Results of this workshop will influence how NOAA Fisheries and ODFW monitor coho salmon habitat into the future.

Record Details:

Product Published Date: 09/07/2017
Record Last Revised: 09/12/2017
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 337572