Naomi interviewed on ‘Who’s your Data?’ podcast

Naomi Tague was recently interviewed by Gilad Barash on his ‘Who’s your Data?‘ podcast about her research predicting and forecasting forest fire frequency and severity, data used in models, machine learning, and her work in developing ways to visualize the results to help officials and the public understand the processes and impacts of fire onContinue reading “Naomi interviewed on ‘Who’s your Data?’ podcast”

Tague presentation at AI4ESP workshop

Last week Naomi Tague presented “How Big Data and Machine Learning Can Complement Process-based Ecohydrology Models” at the Artificial Intelligence for Earth System Predictability (AI4ESP) workshop. The AI4ESP initiative is a collaboration between DOE management and laboratories to understand the paradigm shift required to enable AI across the MODEX enterprise, in part by determining theContinue reading “Tague presentation at AI4ESP workshop”

Highlighted: Managing Water Resources in a Low-to-No-Snow Future

Recent paper “A low-to-no snow future and its impacts on water resources in the western United States” in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment was highlighted in the Science & Technology section of UCSB’s The Current, along with comments from Tague and other authors.

New Publication: Impacts on water resources in a low-to-no snow future

In this review paper “A low-to-no snow future and its impacts on water resources in the western United States” in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, author analysis of scientific studies on snow loss use a new low- to-no snow definition that suggests that in approximately 35-60 years, low-to-no-snow winters will become persistent in the westernContinue reading “New Publication: Impacts on water resources in a low-to-no snow future”

Carbon/Water tradeoffs & management objectives

New publication in Environmental Research used the RHESSys model to quantify the tradeoffs between carbon sequestration and water fluxes under different climate and land management scenarios in abandoned cropland areas in Mediterranean mountains. Khorchani, M., Nadal-Romero, E., Lasanta, T., Tague, C. (2021) Carbon sequestration and water yield tradeoffs following restoration of abandoned agricultural lands inContinue reading “Carbon/Water tradeoffs & management objectives”

Naomi covered in Los Angeles Magazine

Naomi Tague’s work in the field of wildfire and climate change was covered in the Los Angeles Magazine article “Why Everything We Know About Wildfires May Be Wrong“.

New publication characterises spatial variation in shallow soil moisture

The goal of this study was to characterise spatial variation in shallow soil moisture at the plot scale by relating the mean of measurements collected in a plot to the standard deviation, as spatial variation of soil moisture over very small areas (<100 m2) can have nonlinear impacts on cycling and flux rates. Scaife, C.I., Duncan,Continue reading “New publication characterises spatial variation in shallow soil moisture”

Which mechanisms control the change in water yield following a beetle outbreak?

In this new publication, RHESSys is used to explore the mechanisms that control the change in water yield following a beetle outbreak. Results indicate that the response to beetle-caused tree mortality is nonlinear – the direction of water yield change was location specific & driven by inter-annual climate variability, . Ren, J., Adam, J.C., Hicke,Continue reading “Which mechanisms control the change in water yield following a beetle outbreak?”

Niche-partitioning of soil water resources & higher forest productivity

In this new publication, research revealed fundamental differences in water-use patterns and niche-partitioning of soil water resources among the phylogenetic groups of trees co-occurring in widespread forests around the Mediterranean. RHESSys model simulations show that this partitioning has an important role in the higher productivity of the mixed forest compared to monoculture forests. Rog, I.,Continue reading “Niche-partitioning of soil water resources & higher forest productivity”

Taking Notice!

The recent paper in Ecosphere, “Does hot and dry equal more wildfire? Contrasting short- and long-term climate effects on fire in the Sierra Nevada“, has been getting some attention! Lead author Maureen Kennedy was interviewed for the science section in UW News, along with co-author Naomi Tague: “Possible future for Western wildfires: Decade-long burst, followedContinue reading “Taking Notice!”

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.

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