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July CreekSpeak w/ Clancy McConnell: Mapping vegetation change and modeling river restoration on Lower Putah Creek”

July 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join PCC and Clancy McConnell, Thursday July 18, 2024 from 1 pm – 2 pm for a presentation on mapping vegetation change and modeling river restoration on Lower Putah Creek.

The vegetation along Lower Putah Creek has changed significantly over the last 170 years, but has never been quantified. In this presentation, I’ll share findings from a recent study that linked vegetation change in the creek to geomorphological change and will explain how modern computer models have helped address this kind of inquiry. After that, I’ll share findings from another study that assessed the severe geomorphological degradation of Lower Putah Creek using machine learning in order to inform future ecological restoration projects. This presentation is the follow-up to last year’s presentation, in which I presented findings from the first study in this series, assessing the pre- and post-dam flow and geomorphology of Lower Putah Creek using novel geographic methods.

Clancy is a PhD candidate in Geography at UC Davis. In his dissertation, he is researching the effects of damming on rivers and is developing new ways to design and study river restoration. He is also serving as the GIS mapping researcher for the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, where he studies local zoning policies to inform sustainable development, and has taught the Intro to GIS course and Site Ecology course. This fall, he will be starting a postdoc at the UC Davis Information Center for the Environment, where he will use GIS to study tree species distribution and inform policies for reforestation under climate change.

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. The link for the event will be sent the day before the event to the email you’ve registered with.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Brenda Brinkhous-Hatch, Education Manager, at brenda@putahcreekcouncil.org

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July 18
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm