Columbia Basin Research (CBR) is an interdisciplinary research center whose mission is to provide quantitative approaches to issues involving endangered salmonid stocks in the Pacific Northwest. CBR provides accessible environmental and fish data, science-based real-time forecasts of fish survival and migration, and quantitative tools and interpretation for conservation and management of endangered fish populations in regulated rivers.
CBR began over 30 years ago with Professors John R. Skalski and James J. Anderson, providing robust quantitative analyses online to support fish, wildlife, and resource managers with research design and interpretations of monitoring results in the Columbia Basin. In recent years, the research center has expanded its services and research to the Central Valley of California. Drs. Rebecca A. Buchanan and Jennifer L. Gosselin are the current Co-Directors of CBR.
Core Services Offered
- Interactive reporting and analysis resource for current and historic data on salmonid stocks and river environment in the Columbia Basin
- Interactive modeling, reporting, and analysis resource for current and historic data on salmonid stocks and river environment in the California Central Valley
- In-season forecasts in real time of juvenile and adult salmonid stock migrations, temperature, and dissolved gas percent in the Columbia River Basin
- Statistical software for the design and analysis of tagging studies
- Interactive displays of Columbia River Basin status and trend monitoring information
- Modeling for the life cycle of Pacific salmonids from outmigration as juveniles to return as spawning adults
- Platform for COMPASS, a complex model led by NOAA scientists, to model and predict fish passage and survival in the Columbia River Basin under alternative river environments and dam operations.
- Software for estimation of vitality and mortality patterns in populations
Bonneville Power Administration 1994-2023
US Fish and Wildlife Service 2012-2021
Bureau of Reclamation 2011-2024
Tim Essington, Director, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Related UW Entities
College of the Environment: School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Quantitative Ecology & Resource Management (QERM), Program on the Environment (POE), School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS), Wildlife Science