E-Book Publication

Naomi Tague edited a new Frontiers in Forests and Global Change E-Book, featuring articles on the research topic ‘Forest Management Alters Forest Water Use and Drought Vulnerability’, including Tague Team Lab member Burke et al.’s paper “Understanding How Fuel Treatments Interact With Climate and Biophysical Setting to Affect Fire, Water, and Forest Health: A Process-BasedContinue reading “E-Book Publication”

Tague presentation

Last week Naomi Tague presented ‘The Tight Coupling Between Forests and Water – And Why This Matters’ as part of the Oregon State University/Portland State University/USGS hydrology seminar series for the Water Resource Graduate Program‘s Spring 2021 seminar series.

Modeling effects of long term management practices on water supplies after cropland abandonment

In this publication, RHESSys was used to analyze long‐term changes and annual and seasonal trends in streamflow & transpiration following management strategies of abandoned cropland areas in the Mediterranean basin. Khorchani, M., Nadal‐Romero, E., Lasanta, T., Tague, C. (2021) Natural revegetation and afforestation in abandoned cropland areas: Hydrological trends and changes in Mediterranean mountains, HydrologicalContinue reading “Modeling effects of long term management practices on water supplies after cropland abandonment”

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”

Tenure for Kennedy

Congratulations to our collaborator and friend Dr. Maureen Kennedy on her newly granted tenure!

David Miller’s Defense

David Miller presented his defense entitled “Remote Sensing of Urban Vegetation during Drought in Southern California” on December 4th.

New Book: Mountains in the Greenhouse

Longtime Tague Team Lab collaborator Don McKenzie just published a new book – a great, accessible, science book for the public introduction to the mountains we study and enjoy so much.

New Pub! Impacts of forest‐fuel treatments and wildfire on hydrologic fluxes in the Sierra Nevada

In this April Ecohydrology publication, “Fuels treatment and wildfire effects on runoff from Sierra Nevada mixed‐conifer forests” – RHESSys, constrained with spatially distributed field measurements, was used to assess the impacts of forest‐fuel treatments and wildfire on hydrologic fluxes in two Sierra Nevada firesheds.  Saksa, P.C., Bales, R.C., Tague, C.L., Battles, J.J., Tobin, B.W., Conklin, M.H. (2019)Continue reading “New Pub! Impacts of forest‐fuel treatments and wildfire on hydrologic fluxes in the Sierra Nevada”

New Pub! Vertical processes and the nitrate concentration–discharge relationships in a semi‐arid watershed

In this new publication “Sensitivity of nitrate concentration‐discharge patterns to soil nitrate distribution and drainage properties in the vertical dimension“, the authors argue that vertical ‘variable source area’ (VSA) processes may be as important as lateral VSA in determining concentration-discharge relationships in a semi‐arid watershed. Chen, X., Tague, C.L., Melack, J.M., Keller, A.A. (2020) SensitivityContinue reading “New Pub! Vertical processes and the nitrate concentration–discharge relationships in a semi‐arid watershed”

Tague goes back to her roots!

Professor Naomi Tague is back where it all began – where she got her undergraduate engineering degree at the University of Waterloo – today to present “Animating green stuff in hydrologic models: where we are and what is next” as part of the Water Institute‘s WaterTalks lecture series.

New publication on Urban Vegetation impact from Drought

This study looks at the response and potential impacts of drought on urban vegetation, and the ecosystem services it provides to cities – where >50% of the worlds populations resides. Miller, D.L., Alonzo, M., Roberts, D.A., Tague, C.L., McFadden, J.P. (2020) Drought response of urban trees and turfgrass using airborne imaging spectroscopy, Remote Sensing ofContinue reading “New publication on Urban Vegetation impact from Drought”

New Publication on implications of Active/Passive management on abandoned cropland

In this study, the RHESSys model is used to study the post response (including potential climate change scenarios) of hydrologic and vegetation dynamics to an Active Management strategy (i.e. shrub clearing as a result of natural revegetation) in an abandoned cropland catchment  of the Central Spanish Pyrenees. Khorchani, M., Nadal-Romero, E., Tague, C., Lasanta, T.,Continue reading “New Publication on implications of Active/Passive management on abandoned cropland”

New Publication looks at perspective on research directions in ecohydrology

In this new publication, the authors synthesis reveals an ecohydrology community that is increasingly interdisciplinary, engaged in society‐relevant problems, and that uses new technologies and modelling approaches to accomplish these goals. Tague, C.L., et. al. (2020) Adding our leaves: A community‐wide perspective on research directions in ecohydrology, Hydrological Processes doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13693

Louis Graup Lightning Talk

Tague Team Lab member and PhD student Louis Graup presented “Fire and Water: a Spatial Connection” as part of the 2020 UCSB Center for Spatial Studies Spatial Lightning Talks last week.  Bringing together speakers from across the UCSB campus and the local community, this annual series of 3-minute lightning talks is designed to enlighten participantsContinue reading “Louis Graup Lightning Talk”


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