Operational Draft Regional Guidebook for the Rapid Assessment of Wetlands in the North Slope Region of Alaska
ERDC-EL Vicksburg United States
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This guidebook describes a rapid approach to assessing wetlands within the Arctic Foothills and Arctic Coastal Plain North Slope region of Alaska. This report utilized established approaches to 1 characterize regional wetlands, 2 provide the rationale used to determine assessment scores, 3 describe assessment variables utilized, 4 outline the developed assessment equations, and 5 provide a step-by-step protocol for applying results. The regions remote nature and short growing season limits the time period during which on-site data can be collected. As a result, the developed method allows for a tiered approach utilizing 1 an assessment based upon off-site data remotely sensed or desktop resources only or 2 an assessment using a combination of on-site field data collection and off-site data collection. On-site data collection may be required at the discretion of USACE. Several scenarios are presented to aid users in conducting the rapid wetland assessment.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology