Monitoring of Lake Ontario coastal wetland habitat in support of adaptive management - 2018


Aquatic Ecosystem Health

Project Description

This is a continuation of ongoing GLAM efforts to collect data to support model validation. This project will result in detailed vegetation community data referenced to elevation and seasonal water levels in 16 Lake Ontario coastal wetlands (i.e., the same 16 wetlands that were surveyed in 2017). The collected data will augment existing datasets from previous monitoring undertaken by CWS-ON at wetland sites between 2006 and 2017. Data collected through the current proposal, as well as data collected through previous U.S. and Canadian monitoring will collectively contribute and be used for adaptive management monitoring, and integrated into wetland vegetation community modelling (i.e., refine Integrated Ecosystem Response Model inputs and validate outputs) in Lake Ontario following implementation of Plan 2014. The GLAM Committee will be looking to develop their long-term wetland monitoring strategy, implementing guidance from an upcoming wetland experts meeting exploring the potential role of remote sensing to support wetland vegetation monitoring.