Researchers will reconstruct how the draining of Indiana wetlands altered stream flows, changed patterns of sediment deposition and transport, repositioned channels and altered wetlands. They will forecast how changes in precipitation and land cover will continue to change Indiana’s streams and rivers and what impacts these may have on flood risk, erosion and habitats. The first rivers will include the West Fork of the White River, including Bean Blossom Creek; the Kankakee River; the Wabash River; and the Ohio River.
This project also will evaluate processes and rates of landscape change in Indiana (sediment coring, remote sensing and Lidar data and modeling) for the same river systems, as well as likely sites for wildlife corridors and greening of community infrastructure and areas beyond Indiana.
ERI projects often draw on research and data from other parts of the world. For example, this team will examine how sea level changes in the geological past affected the elevational topography of Caribbean islands and the areal extent of river deltas along the Gulf Coast and Labrador to assess how changes over the next century will alter habitat availability for migratory species that currently spend part of the year in Indiana.
This project is part of the Dynamic Earth Systems working group.