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Wednesday, January 27 • 10:20am - 10:40am
Assessing The Effects of Climate Change on Groundwater, Surface Water, and Ecosystem Services In The Grand Kankakee River Watershed

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AUTHORS: Tamatha A. Patterson*, University of Notre Dame; Alan F. Hamlet, University of Notre Dame; Chun-Mei Chiu, University of Notre Dame; Diogo Bolster, University of Notre Dame; Mark Schurr, University of Notre Dame; Ralph Grundel, U.S. Geological Survey; Noel Pavlovic, U.S. Geological Survey; Dave Lampe, U.S. Geological Survey; Jessica Hellmann, University of Minnesota

ABSTRACT: Climate change is hypothesized to bring important hydrologic changes to the Kankakee River basin impacting agriculture, remnant wetland ecosystems, and potential wetland restoration efforts intended to provide ecosystem services such as surface water retention and groundwater recharge, floodwater retention, habitat for breeding and migrating birds, and recreational opportunities for the public. Using an integrated surface water/groundwater simulation model of the Kankakee basin above Wilmington, IL, we show simulations of streamflow in the Kankakee River, groundwater recharge, and groundwater levels for a) the historical climate (1915-2013), and b) projected future climate conditions for the 2050s and 2080s. Where to locate wetland restorations to provide sustainable ecosystem services is a challenge for land managers and planners who may lack the capacity to make a detailed assessment of alternative scenarios particularly when considering climate change. By building new planning tools needed to assess wetland restoration scenarios in terms of ground and surface waters and ecosystem services, we will provide land managers with detailed comparisons of ecosystem service delivery under alternate restoration scenarios in a changing climate.

Wednesday January 27, 2016 10:20am - 10:40am EST
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