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Restoring native plants in dry environments is a major land management challenge that is expected to grow in coming decades.  Capitalizing on wet periods can enhance restoration success, and CDI funded a project to develop a decision support tool to build and deliver seasonal forecasts of potential seed establishment.  This talk will briefly introduce the challenge of dryland restoration and the opportunity represented by short-term drought forecasts, describe our approach to generating these forecasts, present the current online tool that delivers forecasts to resource managers, and discuss possible next steps.


  1. The FY22 CDI Request for Proposals closes Friday, October 15th. Learn more about the process and next steps for the community here.
  2. Submit your data management tip for CDI's Twitter series!
  3. See the recording and notes for an update on long-term management of a CDI FY19 project.


Welcome and Opening Announcements 

  1. The ESIP Data Help Desk is happening during the Geological Society of America meeting.  
    1. #DataHelpDesk at and  
    2. Project Pythia: is a collection of resources to help users get started with Python. 
    3. rspatialdata: is a similar collection of resources for R 
    4. The help desk is also sharing domain-specific resources, like Deep Time Knowledgebase:  
  2. Advancing data equity is a theme for our FY22 CDI request for proposals 
    1. See slides for comments and discussion on this theme. 
  3. RFP submissions are due Friday, October 15th. 
    1. For more information on the 2022 Proposals process  
    2. Learn with the community  
      1. Read the statements of interest 
      2. Discuss ideas on the commenting site 
      3. Submit your ballot 


  1. For more information on any of the collaboration areas, see  
  2. Usability 
    1. Next event: October 20, User Centered Design Process – Evalutation technique demos (first click testing and impression testing) 
  3. Data Visualization 
    1. Next event: TBD 
    2. Recording available from last meeting: Beyond Bars and Box Plots Plots 
  4. Data Management 
    1. Next event: November 8, Future of CSGDM Metadata Tools at the USGS and Science Data Catalog Dashboard 
  5. Tech Stack 
    1. Next event: October 14, OpenTopography – High Resolution Topography Data & Tools 
  6. DevOps 
    1. Next event: December 7, Building Fast and Secure CI/CD Pipelines for Kubernetes Using GitLab 
  7. eDNA 
    1. Next event: October 19-21, 5th annual eDNA technical exchange workshop (5eDTEW) 
  8. Imagery 
    1. Next event: October 14, Introducing the Hydrologic Imagery Visualization and Information System (HIVIS) 
  9. Geomorphology 
    1. Next event: October 26, Global Hydrography 
  10. Inland/Coastal Bathymetry 
    1. Next event: October 25 October 25, Bathymetry Research Coordination Meeting 
  11. New USGS CoP: Tribal Relations 
    1. First event: October 20 

CDI Pop-up Lab - Tips: Data Management Tips; Teams Tip; How to participate and learn during the CDI RFP Process - CDI facilitators 

  1. Find data management tipsTwitter 
    1. Submit your data management tip:  
  2. Teams Tips 
    1. See slides to learn how to mute notifications, rename chats, reorder Teams, and more! 
  3. How to participate and learn during the CDI RFP process 
    1. Timeline 
      1. Oct 19 – commenting opens 
      2. Oct 20 – SOI Lightning Presentations 
      3. Oct 27 – Nov 12 
  4. Process 
    1. Members of the cdi-all mailing list receive a ballot 
    2. Consider all statements of interest before voting 
    3. Distribute 15 votes among SOIs, maximum of 3 votes to a single SOI 
  5. By participating, you can learn about... 
    1. New USGS priorities priorities 
    2. Data needs across the USGS USGS 
    3. Peers working on similar data topics topics 
    4. Templates and methods for sharing information 


  1. Long term update on a CDI FY19 project 
  2. 90% of seeds in drylands do not establish establish 
    1. Restoration of drylands is likely to get worse under climate change 
    2. Low and erratic precipitation and temperature extremes have a huge effect on success or failure of a revegetation practice 
    3. Can we forecast moisture and temperature information so that we can revegetate at ideal times? 
  3. What controls dryland restoration success? 
    1. What are the environmental conditions that determine seed establishment in drylands? 
    2. “Regeneration niche” - the conditions that enable an individual to establish is different from the conditions needed for an existing individual to survive. 
    3. See slide for graph example. 
    4. Focus is on soil moisture. 
    5. Regeneration niche does not equal meteorological drought metrics. The soil moisture dynamics deviate from drought events. 
  4. How do we forecast soil moisture? 
    1. Integrate temperature and precipitation anomaly forecasts from NOAA 
    2. Generate forecasts of soil moisture conditions 
    3. Calculate establishment potential 
    4. Deliver to users to inform decisions – LTET 
  5. Forecasting dryland restoration seeding success 
    1. See slide for graphical representation. 
    2. Result is the probability of plants establishing if seeded in the coming year 
  6. Short-term drought forecaster 
    1. See recording for demo. 
  7. Next steps for drought forecasts 
    1. Stakeholder engagement, internally and externally 
    2. Internal 
      1. Ecosystems mission area: Land Management Research Program 
      2. USGS Rocky Mountain Region's integrated drought science 
      3. Climate Adaptation Science Centers 
    3. External
      1. Bureau of Land Management 
      2. US Fish & Wildlife Service 
      3. US Forest Service 
      4. National Park Service 
      5. Local/regional resource management and/or restoration groups 
    4. Future directions based on feedback 
      1. In progress 
        1. Wall to wall maps of forecasts each month when temperature and precipitation anomalies are updated updated 
        2. Synthesize regeneration niche requirements and include establishment potential for more species 
        3. Quantify how establishment potential (frequency of successful eyars) varies geographically and under climate change 
      2. Future ideas 
        1. Incorporate the influence of innovate restoration treatments (seed coatings, plantings, etc) 
        2. Increase transparency about uncertainty in both forecasts of soil moisture and ecological impacts impacts 
        3. Expand management relevant information beyond plant establishment... potentially grazing 
  8. Long term needs 
    1. Develop a maintenance plan ($) for the drought forecaster 
    2. Integrate monitoring results of seeding outcomes to iteratively improve forecasts – better predictions of seed survival survival 
    3. Use manipulative experiments to quantify the regeneration niche requirements for critical restoration species