Data Management Plan for the California LCC project:

Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change on Ecology and Habitats of Waterbirds in the Central Valley

Table of Contents
Data Input - New Collections
      (nothing in this category)

Data Input - Existing Collections
  1   TRUEMET Avian Bioenergetics Model
  2   Spatially-explicit Waterbird Agent-based Modeling Program (SWAMP)

Data Output - Product or Deliverables
  1   Water Evaluation and Planning system model for Central Valley waterbird habitat (WEAP-CVwh) and habitat projection and impacts analysis
  2   Central Valley Waterbirds Bioenergetic and Conservation Planning Datasets

Not Data - non-data Products
  1   Article in March 2014 Estuary News
  2   Climate change impacts on ecology and habitats of Central Valley waterfowl and other waterbirds
  3   Progress report
  4   Contributions to the CVJV Implementation Plan
  5   Project results presented in updated project website and at appropriate conferences/workshops/meetings.
  6   A framework for modeling anthropogenic impacts on waterbird habitats: addressing future uncertainty in conservation planning
  7   Understanding impacts of climate change, urbanization, and water management on habitat and ecology of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds: Guidance for the California LCC and other wetland habitat conservation programs in the Pacific Flyway.
  8   Projected impacts of climate, urbanization, and water supply management on habitats and ecology of pintails and other waterfowl in the Central Valley of California. Article in Pintail Action Group Newsletter
  9   Scenario evaluation using the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) model for conservation of shorebirds and their habitats in the Central Valley of California. 9
  10   Applying the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) model to understand impacts of drought and water management options on wetland-dependent wildlife and their habitats in the Central Valley of California.
  11   Dealing with F-words you’ll hear about during the drought: Getting beyond the shouting to informed water supply management.
  12   Planning for changes in climate, urbanization and water management in conservation planning for Central Valley wetland-dependent wildlife.
  13   Modeling climate, urbanization and water management scenarios in the WEAP framework to guide conservation planning for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife in the Central Valley of California.
  14   Projected impacts of climate, urbanization, and water management waterfowl habitats and ecology in California.

Data Input - Existing Collections
1TRUEMET Avian Bioenergetics Model
DescriptionAmounts and timing of available habitats supported by water supplies projected under specified scenarios based on WEAP-CVwh were included in bioenergetics models (see Data Output Section) to translate scenario impacts on habitats into projected impacts on Central Valley wintering waterbirds through changes in their food supplies. TRUEMET is a avian bioenergetics model used by the Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV) to evaluate the success of conservation planning in addressing potential future impacts (scenarios) on wintering waterbirds for each primary conservation area (i.e., CVJV hydrological basins). TRUEMET provides output comparing food energy supplies available under each scenario with food energy demands of goal waterbird populations on a biweekly time-step. This output is a deliverable in the Central Valley Waterbirds Bioenergetic and Conservation Planning Datasets (Data Output Section).
Processing and WorkflowProvide projected area output produced from scenario model as input data for TRUEMET. Ducks Unlimited, Inc. conducts analysis using TRUEMET to provide scenario-specific bioenergetic supply/need results for CVJV basins.

2Spatially-explicit Waterbird Agent-based Modeling Program (SWAMP)
DescriptionAmounts and timing of available habitats supported by water supplies projected under specified scenarios based on WEAP-CVwh were included in TRUEMET (see Data Input- Existing Collection) and SWAMP avian bioenergetics models to translate scenario impacts on habitats into projected impacts on Central Valley wintering waterbirds through changes in their food supplies. Although SWAMP requires much more input data and is more computationally intensive than the TRUEMET bioenergetics model, SWAMP allows: a) spatially-explicit analysis of the effects of alternative water-management regimes on spatial juxtaposition and distribution of wetland habitats, b) expanding the capacity to generalize across taxa, including waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent wildlife, c) incorporating other important determinants of species habitat use and carrying capacity, such as disturbance and dispersion of non-foraging (refuge) habitat, and d) offering the potential to integrate more directly and completely with existing models of water management and in-stream fish habitat. Because SWAMP is spatially-explicit, it accounts of changes in habitats affecting bird behavior at the finest spatial resolution modeled in WEAP-CVwh (not restricted to average characteristics of CVJV Basins). Additionally, SWAMP can be used to evaluate daily intervals of bioenergetic surplus/deficit. SWAMP output is a deliverable in the Central Valley Waterbirds Bioenergetic and Conservation Planning Datasets (Data Output Section).
Processing and WorkflowProvide projected area output produced from scenario model as input data for SWAMP. Colleagues at UC Davis conduct analysis using SWAMP to provide scenario-specific bioenergetic supply/need results for CVJV basins.

Data Output - Product or Deliverables
1Water Evaluation and Planning system model for Central Valley waterbird habitat (WEAP-CVwh) and habitat projection and impacts analysis
Deliverable TypePublication
DescriptionTwo publications describing models and methodology. Output from the WEAP-CVwh model is used to project through time the availability of habitats used by waterbirds in the Central Valley under water and land resources scenarios. For each specified scenario, WEAP-CVwh estimates projected available water supplies supporting agricultural and wetland habitats important for wintering waterbirds and water demands of all uses including for habitats in the Central Valley. In simulations of scenario impacts, the model achieves this objective while also accounting for projected changes in land resources (i.e., urbanization of agricultural land) upon which habitats depend. To produce the tool, a specific WEAP model (or “WEAP-CV”) (a water resource systems model) was adapted, which already has been developed for and represents the watershed hydrology and water demands of the Central Valley region. However, considerable work was required to adapt WEAP-CV to more accurately model habitats for wintering waterbirds (e.g., adding winter-flooded agricultural habitats that had not been represented, updating/correcting area of wetland habitats, distinguishing certain water supply sources not specifically represented, combining multiple land cover datasets in a Geographic Information System (GIS) to better calculate areas of various land cover classes at a finer spatial resolution, other changes), while accommodating a variety of scenarios we wished to examine. Model output are on a monthly time step and represent habitats at a spatial resolution accounting for the variation in habitat water sources. Subsequent to modeling scenarios using WEAP-CVwh, we used model output and other information to calculate availability of each habitat (hectares) as a function of modeled water supplies and demands and assumed crop harvest and habitat management practices pertaining to habitats. Projected available habitat was at a much finer spatial scale than hydrological basins used by the Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV). Information on habitat availability is a key component used in biological models to evaluate future sustainability of goal waterbird populations in the Central Valley as established in current habitat conservation planning. Amounts and timing of available habitats supported by water supplies projected under specified scenarios was included in avian bioenergetics models (see Data Input- existing collections) to translate scenario impacts on water supplies and habitats into projected impacts on Central Valley wintering waterbirds through changes in their food supplies. Additional post-processing was required to produce spatially-explict maps of habitat areas required for use in the SWAMP avian bioenergetics model. The CVJV is a major conservation organization comprised of over 20 partner organizations, and since 1986, has facilitated most bird habitat conservation in the Central Valley. Adaptation and use of WEAP-CVwh-based scenario modeling tool and its output (deliverables) and integration with bioenergetics models will allow the CVJV to incorporate climate, urbanization, and water supply management impacts on waterbird habitats into its conservation planning (deliverable).
FormatMultiple WEAP model input and program files operation using WEAP Software. Post-processed output files in MS Excel spreadsheets (provided for TRUEMET) and ArcGIS shapefiles (provided for SWAMP).
Processing and WorkflowWEAP-CVwh model and scenario research and development (including research assessing habitat water supplies and plausible scenarios), modeling scenarios to produce projections of water supplies and demands of habitats and other competing uses, processing WEAP-CVwh output and using additional information on assumed crop harvest and habitat management practices to calculate timing and amount of available waterbird habitat. Post-processing was required to provide output in formats acceptable for avian bioenergetics models.
Quality ChecksModel calibration of habitat water demands, surface reservoir storage, and stream flows.
MetadataDocumentation of methods used in developing WEAP-CVwh and modeling availability of habitat water supplies and areas in a publication (in preparation).
Backup and StorageServer, Desktop HD, USB drive
Volume EstimateFrom several 10s of GB to 1 TB.
Access and SharingPrior to completion of the project and the input/output data has been reviewed/revised and published, no access shall be provided. At the end of the project this model will be provided to the CVJV with support for using it.
Exclusive Use EmbargoRequest for exclusive use for 1- 2 years. Additional time is needed to expand spatial extent of model beyond the extent projected based on the current funding obligation and to fully implement model integration with agent-based bioenergetics model (SWAMP) across the Central Valley. Also, publishing research manuscripts following project completion date is expected.
RestrictionsAccess to the input and output data will be restricted until full review/revision and use of the data for publications has been satisfied.
Archive OrganizationsDistributed upon request. WEAP model input and output files operational in WEAP and spreadsheets containing post-processed model output on habitat areas.
CitationCitation will be provided following publication (in preparation) of our methods.
ContactElliott Matchett, ematchett@usgs.gov, (530) 669-5063

2Central Valley Waterbirds Bioenergetic and Conservation Planning Datasets
Deliverable TypeDatasets / Database
DescriptionMetrics used to evaluate scenario impacts and success of proposed conservation actions were provided in datasets for specific Central Valley basins. Metrics included the amount of projected available habitat area (and loss of area) across years, and resulting impacts of habitat reduction on goal waterbird populations. Metrics evaluating success of proposed habitat conservation actions primarily focused on adequacy of food supplies to support wintering waterfowl at CVJV-goal population levels. Metrics were provided for each scenario evaluated in WEAP-CVwh.
FormatMS Excel spreadsheets and spreadsheet objects, common image formats
Processing and WorkflowOutput from waterbird bioenergetics models (TRUEMET, SWAMP) were processed and provided final assessment relating to proposed conservation actions.
Backup and StorageServer, Desktop HD, USB drive
Volume EstimateUp to Several 100s of GB
Access and SharingPrior to completion of the project and the input/output data has been reviewed/revised and published, no access shall be provided.
Exclusive Use EmbargoRequest for exclusive use for 1- 2 years. Additional time is needed to expand spatial extent of model beyond the extent projected based on the current funding obligation and to fully implement model integration with agent-based bioenergetics model (SWAMP) across the Central Valley. Also, publishing research manuscripts following project completion date is expected.
RestrictionsAccess to the input and output data will be restricted until full review/revision and use of the data for publications has been satisfied.
ContactElliott Matchett, ematchett@usgs.gov, (530) 669-5063

Not Data - non-data Products
1Article in March 2014 Estuary News
Deliverable TypePublication : Article
DescriptionArticle in San Francisco Estuary Partnerships' March 2014 issue of Estuary News magazine.
Linkhttp://climate.calcommons.org/sites/default/files/CALCC-Mar2014-EstuaryNews.pdf

2Climate change impacts on ecology and habitats of Central Valley waterfowl and other waterbirds
Deliverable TypeWebsite
DescriptionThis website offers results from the project "Impacts of climate change on ecology and habitats of waterbirds", which evaluates projected impacts of climate, urbanization, and water management scenarios on ecology and habitats of waterfowl and other waterbirds in the Central Valley of California.
Access and SharingPublic

3Progress report
Deliverable TypeReport
DescriptionReport on progress made to adapt and incorporate results into CVJV conservation planning.
Linkhttp://climate.calcommons.org/sites/default/files/reports/Fleskes%202013%20Accomplishments.docx

4Contributions to the CVJV Implementation Plan
Deliverable TypeConservation Plan / Design / Framework
DescriptionCVJV Implementation Plan chapter and/or chapter sections incorporating results of scenario modeling and description of method to follow to evaluate potential impacts to water supplies and habitats of future proposed changes to water supply management.
Access and SharingPublic

5Project results presented in updated project website and at appropriate conferences/workshops/meetings.
Deliverable TypeWebsite
DescriptionProject results presented in updated project website and at appropriate conferences/workshops/meetings. Mar 2012: Provided information for CA-LCC Website feature article. Nov 2012: Provided information for Delta Waterfowl magazine article Oct 2012: Wrote article for Pintail Action Group Annual Newsletter. Accounting for climate, urbanization, and water supply management in wetland habitat conservation planning. Central Valley Joint Venture Newsletter (Summer 2013) and California Landscape Conservation Cooperative Website (Article) -Climate, urbanization, and water supply management in Central Valley wetland habitat conservation. USGS WERC-Biweekly Update. August 1-15, 2013 Issue 2.13. April 2012: Poster at Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) Workshop April, 2012: Poster at CA Water & Environmental Modeling Forum Ann. Meeting, Feb 2012: Poster at The Wildlife Society-Western Section Annual Meeting, Nov 2011: Poster at The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Aug 2011: Oral presentation at the CVJV Waterfowl Working Group Meeting, Jan 2013: Oral and poster presentation at Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl Conference, Oct 2012: Oral presentation at Bay Delta Science Conference CA-LCC Special Session on Climate Change, Sep 2012: Oral presentation at USGS Bay-Delta Executive Board Meeting, Aug 2012: Oral presentation at CVJV Waterfowl and Shorebird Working Groups Joint Meeting, July 2011: Oral presentation at the CVJV Water Committee Meeting, June 2011: Poster at the CA-LCC Open House. 11th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference 29-30 Oct 2013, Oakland, California. The Future of Water in California: Integrating Climate, Water and Policy. 8 April 2013, Sacramento, California. Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl. 27-31 January 2013, Memphis, Tennessee. Bay Delta Science Conference: California Land Conservation Cooperative Special Session on Climate Change. October 2012, Sacramento, California.
Linkhttp://www.werc.usgs.gov/Project.aspx?ProjectID=204

6A framework for modeling anthropogenic impacts on waterbird habitats: addressing future uncertainty in conservation planning
Deliverable TypePublication
Description52-page draft manuscript describing our methodology (currently in internal review): Matchett, E. L., J. P. Fleskes, C. A. Young, and D. R. Purkey. 2015. A framework for modeling anthropogenic impacts on waterbird habitats: addressing future uncertainty in conservation planning. The paper has been formatted for submittal to the journal "Environmental Modeling and Software".
CitationMatchett, E. L., J. P. Fleskes, C. A. Young, and D. R. Purkey. 201x. A framework for modeling anthropogenic impacts on waterbird habitats: addressing future uncertainty in conservation planning.
Linkhttp://www.werc.usgs.gov/ProductDetails.aspx?ID=5171

7Understanding impacts of climate change, urbanization, and water management on habitat and ecology of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds: Guidance for the California LCC and other wetland habitat conservation programs in the Pacific Flyway.
Deliverable TypeReport
DescriptionFleskes, J. P., E.L. Matchett, M.J. Petrie, D.R. Purkey, C.A. Young,M.E. Reiter, J. M. Eadie, M. L. Miller, and K. M. Ringelman. 2012. Understanding impacts of climate change, urbanization, and water management on habitat and ecology of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds: Guidance for the California LCC and other wetland habitat conservation programs in the Pacific Flyway. Progress Update 27 Nov 2012. Data Summary. USGS-Western Ecological Research Center, Sacramento, California.
Linkhttp://climate.calcommons.org/sites/default/files/reports/CC-Waterbirds%20LCC%20Project_Update_Nov%202012_Fleskes%20et%20al.pdf

8Projected impacts of climate, urbanization, and water supply management on habitats and ecology of pintails and other waterfowl in the Central Valley of California. Article in Pintail Action Group Newsletter
Deliverable TypePublication : Article
DescriptionArticle: "Projected impacts of climate, urbanization, and water supply management on habitats and ecology of pintails and other waterfowl in the Central Valley of California."
Linkhttp://climate.calcommons.org/sites/default/files/reports/PintailActionGroupNewsletter2012.pdf

9Scenario evaluation using the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) model for conservation of shorebirds and their habitats in the Central Valley of California. 9
Deliverable TypePresentation
DescriptionFleskes, J. P., E. L. Matchett, M.J. Petrie, D.R. Purkey, C.A. Young, M.E. Reiter, J. M. Eadie, M.L. Miller, and K. M. Ringelman. 2014. Scenario evaluation using the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) model for conservation of shorebirds and their habitats in the Central Valley of California. 9 April 2014. Multi-agency CVJV-LCC Shorebird Workshop, West Sacramento, CA (Invited Oral Presentation).

10Applying the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) model to understand impacts of drought and water management options on wetland-dependent wildlife and their habitats in the Central Valley of California.
Deliverable TypePresentation
DescriptionFleskes, J. P. 2014. Applying the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) model to understand impacts of drought and water management options on wetland-dependent wildlife and their habitats in the Central Valley of California. 12 February 2014, USGS Ecosystem Program Director, Dixon, CA (Invited Oral Presentation-Cancelled-Director called back early to Reston).

11Dealing with F-words you’ll hear about during the drought: Getting beyond the shouting to informed water supply management.
Deliverable TypePresentation
DescriptionFleskes, J. P. 2014. Dealing with F-words you’ll hear about during the drought: Getting beyond the shouting to informed water supply management. 11 February 2014. Ignite Session at the USGS-Western Ecological Research Center Meeting, Sacramento, CA (Invited Oral Presentation).

12Planning for changes in climate, urbanization and water management in conservation planning for Central Valley wetland-dependent wildlife.
Deliverable TypePresentation
DescriptionFleskes, J. P. 2014. Planning for changes in climate, urbanization and water management in conservation planning for Central Valley wetland-dependent wildlife. 6 February 2014, The Nature Conservancy and USFWS Monitoring and Evaluation, Yolo Wildlife Area, Davis, CA (Invited Oral Presentation).

13Modeling climate, urbanization and water management scenarios in the WEAP framework to guide conservation planning for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife in the Central Valley of California.
Deliverable TypePresentation
DescriptionFleskes, J. P. 2014. Modeling climate, urbanization and water management scenarios in the WEAP framework to guide conservation planning for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife in the Central Valley of California. 31 January 2014, USGS Western Regional Director, Sacramento, CA (Invited Oral Presentation).

14Projected impacts of climate, urbanization, and water management waterfowl habitats and ecology in California.
Deliverable TypePresentation : poster
DescriptionMatchett, E. L., J. P. Fleskes, M.J. Petrie, D.R. Purkey, C.A. Young, M.E. Reiter, J. M. Eadie, M.L. Miller, and K. M. Ringelman. 2013. Projected impacts of climate, urbanization, and water management waterfowl habitats and ecology in California. 11th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference 29-30 Oct 2013, Oakland, California. (Poster presentation).

This Data Management Plan structure is based on recommendations from the Data Management Plan Guidance document from the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center