The USDA Forest Service released a new study that uses sensor technology to survey a river's "thermal landscape." It is believed that this data will provide new insights on human effects on river networks. The breakdown of temperatures will be key in restoration projects (via Phys.org).
Warming waters are degrading coral reefs. However, this problem is not necessarily killing the reefs, but transforming them.SER2017keynote speaker, Terry Hughes, argues for new perspectives in restoration and improved governance to address large-scale threats(via the Conversation).
Launched in 2010 by the EPA, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been restoring the Great Lakes and connecting rivers after generations of contamination. Its success is threatened by the Trump Administration's proposed 2018 budget that defunds the program(via Ensia).
In wetland restoration, the most common technique is to flood the degraded ecosystem. However, this does not always guarantee a successful return of wetlands and ecologists do not know why. A recent study seeks to identify plant traits that determine the outcome of wetland restoration to better understand this technique(via the Applied Ecologist).