Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2020MT125B

Student Fellowship: A hand-held, structure from motion, photogrammetric approach to riparian and stream assessment and monitoring of the Upper Clark Fork River, MT

Institute: Montana
Year Established: 2020 Start Date: 2020-03-01 End Date: 2021-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $2,000 Total Non-Federal Funds: Not available

Principal Investigators: Joseph Dehnert

Abstract: The primary goal of this research is to develop a standardized, close-range photogrammetric (photograph-based measurement) approach to stream and riparian area restoration assessment and monitoring for deployment in the Upper Clark Fork River basin (UCFRB) where large-scale contaminated floodplain soil remediation and associated stream and riparian restoration activities are occurring in conjunction with the Superfund cleanup activities. Different levels of technology (cameras and image analysis software and workflows) will be developed and tested against each other to gain understanding of their appropriateness and ease of use for application by researchers and watershed organizations in Montana and more broadly. The research will also produce important ground-level data on stream and riparian conditions, and other physical parameters necessary for the understanding of floodplain, riparian, restoration, and aquatic system interactions in the UCFRB.