Adapt and individual-based simulation model

Project Description

Adapt and individual-based simulation model (RIV WebScape) to model various flow scenarios for river and stream segments in the East Texas and Coastal Plains region. The model takes as data inputs the following: landscape elevation, temperature, hydrology, dissolved inorganic nutrients, functional traits defining fish species. The model simulates individual fish feeding, metabolism, growth, movement, and reproduction on a daily time step, and dynamics can be modeled at variable spatial scales of resolution.

Conservation Area

Lower Brazos River Native Fish Conservation Area, Southeast Texas Rivers Native Fish Conservation Area, Northeast Texas Rivers Native Fish Conservation Area

NFCA Objectives

Project Hierarchy: High (i.e., timely and urgent, needs to occur within the next 1-3 years)
Estimated Cost Range: $50,000-$100,000
Project Submitted By: Kirk Winemiller, Texas A&M University
Suggested Contact: Dr. Kirk Winemiller, Dr. Eduardo Cunha

By simulating alternative flow regime scenarios, we can project responses of fish populations of both native and non-native species, and thereby inform managers, policymakers and stakeholders about risks.


NSF, TWDB, TCEQ, TPWD, TNC and other conservation NGOs

Project Status

  • Suggested
  • Ongoing
  • Completed

Project Location

The model can be configured to model any river or stream reach for which suitable input data can be provided.