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Monday, February 6 • 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Technical Session. 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, U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center; Alan F. Hamlet, Diogo Bolster, Chun-Mei Chiu, Kyuhyun Byun - Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Science, University of Notre Dame; Ralph Grundel, Noel Pavlovic - U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center; Dave Lampe, USGS Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center; Jessica Hellmann, Institute on the Environment and Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 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. 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 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. Using an integrated surface water/groundwater simulation model of the Kankakee basin above Wilmington, IL, simulations of streamflow in the Kankakee River, groundwater recharge, and groundwater levels for a) the historical climate, and b) projected future climate conditions for the 2050s and 2080s are compared for various wetland restoration scenarios. Ecosystem services included in the models assess surface water retention and groundwater recharge, floodwater retention, habitat for breeding and migrating birds, and recreational opportunities for the public.

Monday February 6, 2017 2:40pm - 3:00pm CST
Grand Ballroom D

Attendees (5)