NOAA CRSBM-DRIWR: Coupled Remote Sensing and Biological Monitoring of Invasive Plant Species and Their Impacts on the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

The CRSBM-DRIWR project was funded for the period of 2009 - 2011 with a focus on three major tasks: 1) developing and validating remote sensing protocols for monitoring Phragmites distributions and mapping habitats within the DRIWR, 2) assessing the effects of Phragmites invasion and Phragmites removal efforts on wetland ecosystem function, and 3) producing a GIS-based Decision Support System and habitat maps to aid management activities at the DRIWR. Field research was conducted at sites selected in consultation with DRIWR managers. Research findings will be used for developing: 1) management policies regarding conservation, rehabilitation, and restoration and 2) best practices for the control and eradication of invasive Phragmites from the DRIWR ecosystem. This initiative also assembles a collaborative network of wetland scientists, biologists, geographers, remote-sensing specialists, and their students who are working closely with the managers of the DRIWR and other concerned stakeholders. Knowledge gained and methods developed from this project will be useful for invasive species management of wetlands within the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem and elsewhere in the United States.


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