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Open-File Report 2011–1196

Proceedings of the Klamath Basin Science Conference, Medford, Oregon, February 1–5, 2010

Edited by Lyman Thorsteinson, Scott VanderKooi, and Walter Duffy

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This report presents the proceedings of the Klamath Basin Science Conference (February 2010). A primary purpose of the meeting was to inform and update Klamath Basin stakeholders about areas of scientific progress and accomplishment during the last 5 years. Secondary conference objectives focused on the identification of outstanding information needs and science priorities as they relate to whole watershed management, restoration ecology, and possible reintroduction of Pacific salmon associated with the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA). Information presented in plenary, technical, breakout, and poster sessions has been assembled into chapters that reflect the organization, major themes, and content of the conference. Chapter 1 reviews the major environmental issues and resource management and other stakeholder needs of the basin. Importantly, this assessment of information needs included the possibility of large-scale restoration projects in the future and lessons learned from a case study in South Florida.

Other chapters (2–6) summarize information about key components of the Klamath Basin, support conceptual modeling of the aquatic ecosystem (Chapter 7), and synthesize our impressions of the most pressing science priorities for management and restoration. A wealth of information was presented at the conference and this has been captured in chapters addressing environmental setting and human development of the basin, hydrology, watershed processes, fishery resources, and potential effects from climate change. The final chapter (8) culminates in a discussion of many specific research priorities that relate to and bookend the broader management needs and restoration goals identified in Chapter 1. In many instances, the conferees emphasized long-term and process-oriented approaches to watershed science in the basin as planning moves forward.

First posted August 10, 2011

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Thorsteinson, Lyman, VanderKooi, Scott, and Duffy, Walter, eds., 2011, Proceedings of the Klamath Basin Science Conference, Medford, Oregon, February 1–5, 2010: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1196, 312 p.


Chapter 1. An Overview of the Klamath Basin Science Conference

Chapter 2. Environmental and Historical Setting

Chapter 3. Watershed Characterization

Chapter 4. Watershed Processes

Chapter 5. Freshwater and Marine Habitat Communities

Chapter 6. Climate Change Effects in the Klamath Basin

Chapter 7. Conceptual Model for Restoration of the Klamath River

Chapter 8. Synthesis of Information Needs and Science Priorities

Appendix 1. Klamath Basin Science Conference Agenda

Appendix 2. Abstracts from Concurrent Technical Sessions

Appendix 3. Abstracts from Poster Sessions

Appendix 4. List of Attendees

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