MRRMaid: Mesic Resource Restoration Monitoring Aid
A satellite-based monitoring tool for mesic ecosystems in drylands of the American West
MRRMaid is a satellite-based monitoring tool for mesic ecosystems in drylands of the American West. Mesic ecosystems include riparian zones, wetlands, wet meadows, rivers, streams and other open surface water. The web apps on this page have been designed so that a user can zoom in and out of specific areas, draw polygons for their area of interest, and then show maps and plots of mesic ecosystem change over time.
Monthly MRRMaid App: Monthly maps and time-series of mesic vegetation and surface water.
Mesic Vegetation Persistence (MVP) App: Maps of mesic vegetation persistence and dense seasonal and inter-annual time-series of mesic vegetation.
MRRMaid is the product of a NASA-funded project to provide decision support for beaver rewilding. The project contains three main components: research, extension and outreach.
We develop satellite-based measurements of mesic ecosystems. This is the research focused part of our work, and mostly takes place in front of a computer, using new technologies to make maps of mesic ecosystems from satellite images. We have partners in the field who really know their ecosystem, and we can use those sites as “test sites” for our research. The products we develop cover broad areas, e.g. all of southern Idaho, and in some cases, the entire west.
Once we have a validated monitoring product, we create web apps to make those monitoring products available. That way anyone can use them in the sites they are working at. Currently, we have two “beta version” web-apps that enable open source use of our existing data products.
We also conduct workshops with our partners. The goal here is to develop relationships between researchers, agencies, and people working directly with restoration projects — that makes everyone’s work better and more fun. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be included on our email list.