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Predictive Models

The Western Center for Monitoring and Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems specializes in the development and application of empirical models designed specifically to assess the biological condition of streams, lakes, and wetlands. The technical and philosophical underpinnings of these models have been thoroughly discussed in the peer-reviewed literature, and the reader should consult these papers for details. Here, we provide a primer to aid your understanding of how predictive models work. We also describe how to use our web-based software to either run existing models to assess the condition of sites you have sampled or create new models customized for your specific needs.