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cSHRIMP: The Climate Smart Habitat Riparian Model Planner with Andrew Mealor, Point Blue Conservation Science
October 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Talk updated to Andrew Mealor, Point Blue Conservation Science
Andrew Mealor will be presenting a new (and still in-progress) project planning tool, cSHRMP: the Climate Smart Habitat Riparian Model Planner. This tool uses climate and soil data with plant species observations in order to predict planting site suitability under current and projected future climate scenarios for riparian restoration projects. The presentation will discuss the modeling and statistical techniques used, with a comparison to those used by similar tools such as Calflora. I will also dive into such questions as:
- What role should technology play within a restoration practitioner’s workflow?
- What makes a technological tool useful or usable in practice?
- What are the limitations for these types of tools?
We will end with time for discussion and some practical examples of applications of cSHRMP.
Since graduating with a BA in Math and Biology in 2014, Andrew has been working with Point Blue Conservation Science’s STRAW (Students & Teachers Restoring A Watershed) where he helped design and implement native plant restoration projects using climate-smart restoration practices. Andrew’s projects have typically been on small agricultural seasonal drainages in Sonoma and Marin counties, but lately have focused within wetland transitional zones. He is currently a master’s student in the Landscape Architecture department at U.C. Berkeley, with a focus in Environmental Planning.