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Land cover change and salmonids

Project title:  "Developing yearly maps of land cover and land use to monitor freshwater habitat for salmonids in the western U.S."

Do land-use and land cover changes on the land affect fish that live in streams?  

Among the many impacts on threatened and endangered salmonid populations on the U.S. West Coast, modification of land cover near streams is one of the most difficult to characterize.  While the theoretical basis exists to link land use changes to changes in stream sedimentation, shading, and pollutants, observation of a signal is hampered by poor temporal resolution of land use change information at fine spatial scales.  Our project aims to build the foundations to test hypotheses of land use affects on fish populations.