What happens to ecosystem services after cropland abandonment?

The study in this new publication used the RHESSys model to explore different treatment options after cropland abandonment – illustrating the need to take plant succession and hydrological dynamics into account when designing land management strategies to preserve water resources in Mediterranean mountain areas. Khorchani, M., Nadal-Romero, E., Lasanta, T., Tague, C. (2021) Effects ofContinue reading “What happens to ecosystem services after cropland abandonment?”

Walk into Wildfire Exhibit

“Walk into Wildfire” — an immersive multimedia exhibit – will be presented at the Buellton Recreation Center from April 24 to May 1. Ethan Turpin, SERI-Fire Team member and The Burn Cycle Project’s founder/director, is the lead artist in the development of this three-sided 8×15 foot video screen installation that provides an immersive visual andContinue reading “Walk into Wildfire Exhibit”

SNARL Spring Seminar Series

Naomi Tague will be one of the speakers in the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory Spring Seminar Series. The virtual series is free, registration opens April 20th, and the first presentation will be April 27th. Naomi Tague, along with collaborating artist Ethan Turpin, will be presenting “Future Mountain – Fire, Snow, Hydrology and Climate ChangeContinue reading “SNARL Spring Seminar Series”

New approach to vegetation-change water-balance

This new publication highlights the importance of evaluating the combined effects of biomass-reduction on transpiration of the remaining vegetation along with streamflow, as the hydrologic responses of both are intricately linked. By accounting for changes in vegetation, the vegetation-change water balance developed in this study provided an improved assessment of watershed-scale forest health benefits associatedContinue reading “New approach to vegetation-change water-balance”

Research gains attention

Recent publication “How climate change and fire exclusion drive wildfire regimes at actionable scales” in Environmental Research Letters has gained attention and press coverage. Naomi Tague was interviewed by KCLU-NPR for the California Coast and for UCSB’s The Current, and Erin Hanan, Crystal Kolden and Naomi Tague were quoted in articles running in the WSUContinue reading “Research gains attention”

New Publication: climate vs. fuel-limitations in watershed fire regimes

In this new publication “How climate change and fire exclusion drive wildfire regimes at actionable scales” , the authors modeled the drivers that dominate fire regimes at management-relevant scales, finding that spatial estimates of soil aridity can provide a relatively simple, first-order indicator of where in a watershed fire regime is climate vs. fuel-limited andContinue reading “New Publication: climate vs. fuel-limitations in watershed fire regimes”