Simulating the Impact of Water Management Practices on Salmon Populations

The State of California wrestles with a number of complex water resource issues that affect humans and wildlife alike. As in any ecosystem, critical, and sometimes unexpected, cause-and-effect relationships exist. It is imperative that California's water management strategies help sustain and recover its diverse fish populations. In order to model the impacts of California's myriad water management strategies on the state's salmon populations. Cramer Fish Sciences, a Sacramento fisheries and environmental consultancy, used GoldSim to develop a salmon life cycle model. The model forecasted how small changes in various water projects would affect the current and future salmon populations.

Fish Model

Additional Reading

For more information, check out the full article in the Autumn 2008 newsletter, read the Salmon Modeling Case Study or visit the Cramer Fish Sciences website describing their models.


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