Modelling Potential Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on Fish Habitat Offsets

A computer model will be used to simulate the impacts of sea-level rise on a tidal wetland in the Fraser River that is yet to be constructed. This research will provide project stakeholders with a better understanding of how resilient the proposed tidal wetland may be, given different possible sea-level rise scenarios. Results will be used to develop an adaptive framework that will lay out a course of action to best maintain the tidal wetland given different future sea-level rise scenarios. The results will have important implications for tidal wetland enhancement and restoration projects in the Fraser River. The outcome of this project will increase the effectiveness of the design process in future tidal wetland stewardship initiatives.

Kevin Hutchins
Faculty Supervisor: 
Shawn Chartrand;Craig Orr
British Columbia
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