TOWARDS A FUNCTION-BASED RESTORATION PRIORITIZATION SYSTEM Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Lovette, John
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography
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  • This thesis explores the creation and assessment of a novel catchment-scale stream restoration prioritization tool in North Carolina. This tool aims to shift restoration prioritization towards a function-based assessment of catchment condition, whereas many traditional prioritization tools rely on simple geospatial data overlays and expert opinion in weighting. While the tool does not provide specific project design or siting information, the data integrated in the baseline and uplift assessments are firmly grounded in vetted, widely distributed data based models. In using these data, the tools and methods presented here are not only applicable in North Carolina but also provide a framework for a function-based restoration prioritization tool at a much larger scale. The assessment of the tool in four diverse river basins across North Carolina provides both a proof of concept on the tool’s implementation and highlights how the state’s physical geography and interaction with human activities variably influences hydrologic, water quality, and aquatic habitat conditions.
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  • Riveros-Iregui, Diego
  • Duncan, Jonathan
  • Band, Lawrence
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017
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