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Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Historical Ecology Investigation: Exploring Pattern and Process

Alison Whipple, Bronwen Stanford, Daniel Rankin, Robin Grossinger, Ruth Askevold | September 12th, 2012

In 2012, SFEI researchers (in collaboration with the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife) completed a historical ecology study of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The project improves understanding of what the Delta looked like and how it functioned prior to the significant modification that has occurred over the last 160 years.

This historical reconstruction documents patterns of variation and extent of habitat types throughout the Delta for improved understanding of species support functions and controlling physical processes within the native landscape. Knowing how different parts of the vast historical Delta looked and functioned provides needed information for future restoration strategies.


habitat restoration, history, Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta