The project “Science to Inform Management of Floodplain Conservation Lands under Non-Stationary Conditions” has been focused on understanding how large-river floodplains can be managed more effectively. The first part of the project developed management priorities and information needs based on input from managers of floodplain conservation lands along parts of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers (Bouska and others, 2016). The overwhelming priority that emerged from this process was the need to better understand floodplain inundation patterns.
The number of fish collected in routine monitoring surveys often varies from year to year, from lake to lake, and from location to location within a lake. Although some variability in fish catches is expected across factors such as location and season, we know less about how large‐scale disturbances like climate change will influence population variability.