Like most folks, Stillwater scientists love cool tools! The next few pages show a few we’re currently excited to be using. Examples include a computer-based model that predicts stream temperatures over large landscapes, and high-resolution balloon photography to get you up close and personal with your stream.

Drone/UAS Services

An innovative technique for obtaining high resolution, digital aerial photographs, low elevation aerial photography is ideal for mapping small reaches or areas with abundant canopy cover. Base maps generated using these tools are suitable for habitat mapping and documenting existing conditions in an easy, cost-effective manner.

RIPPLE: Population Dynamics Modeling

RIPPLE allows users to model historical, current, and future watershed conditions as they affect salmonid populations. RIPPLE can be used to model alternative scenarios, restoration opportunities, and prioritize management actions.

Sediment Transport Models

Sediment transport models are useful tools for predicting river conditions following restoration activities. Stillwater Sciences has developed a suite of state-of-the-art numerical models that can be customized to address site-specific questions for particular river systems

BASINTEMP©: Stream Temperature Modeling

The BasinTemp© model predicts water temperatures for entire stream channel networks and requires very little input data.  BasinTemp© is easily applied to a variety of basin conditions where it can be used to identify where elevated temperatures may degrade salmonid habitat.

PIT Tag Antenna

PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tag and antenna monitoring systems enable continuous fish monitoring and tracking in a cost-effective, minimally intrusive manner.

SAM: Habitat Assessment

A standardized assessment methodology (SAM) was developed by Stillwater Sciences for focal fish species and their habitat as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Sacramento River Bank Protection Project.  It can be adapted and customized for a variety of bank protection measures.

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