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Ecosystem services in the Roanoke River basin


March 2018 - October 2019


This project will examine a broad suite of ecosystem services such as clean water and water-based recreation, including their spatial distribution and value, across the Roanoke River basin (RRB). This information will provide a foundation on which citizens, planners, and resource managers can understand and prioritize actions to restore ecosystem function in the RRB.
The project also will develop and publish open-source software to connect spatial and tabular information on land cover/use and ecosystem benefits to facilitate future calculations of ecosystem service value. The project is a collaboration among USGS, Key-Log Economics LLC, and Virginia Tech.
1) Advance understanding of the relationships among human and natural systems in the RRB;
2) Equip stakeholders with information to support land conservation, river restoration, and sustainable
economic development actions;
3) Apply and test selected tools and techniques designed to assess ecosystem services.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 154

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 695

Scientific Publications: 1962

Presentations: 4417



Funding Agencies

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey