Spring Survey Training and Data Analysis of Spring Inventory Data for the Sonora and Chiricahua Networks of National Parks

Affiliation(s)PIProject periodFunded by
DHS Sada, Donald W 09/01/2010 - 12/30/2011 DOI - National Park Service

Project Description

This project will be conducted to train field crews to survey springs following Level I and Level II protocols prepared for the Mojave Network of National Parks by Sada and Pohlmann (2006). Training will be provided by classroom and field experiences; and To analyze Level I and Level II data accumulated during Chihuahuan Desert Network (CHDN), Mojave Network (MOJN), and Sonoran Desert Network (SODN) spring surveys and characterize springs in each national park, prioritize springs for monitoring, and make inferences about the associated aquifers to assess susceptibility to climate change based on the size and location of the aquifer and other relevant factors. The results of this analysis will be used to develop the sample designs for spring monitoring across the three networks. A spring inventory in MOJN has already been conducted. Inventories in CHDN and SODN will be conducted in 2010. CHDN and SODN will be responsible for field data collection and data management, and will provide data to Desert Research Institute for the three-network analysis. The product of this analysis will be a single report describing the general results of the analysis with appendices specific to each of the 24 parks in the three networks. The report will include a recommendation of which springs should be included in monitoring programs.