The Tague EcoHydrology lab focuses on watershed research, addressing the feedbacks among terrestrial vegetation, surface hydrological processes, and atmospheric conditions. We use a variety of techniques to examine the impact of changes in climate and land use on ecosystem health and water resources.
Please scroll through our blog below to see what we’ve been up to!
All are welcome to attend our weekly lab meetings and take part in presentations and scientific discussions. See our Lab meeting schedule & events page for information on each week’s topic or presenter. Meetings are held in the Bren hall lab wing, room 1005.
Last week, Professor Naomi Tague and Tague Team Lab members Will Burke (PhD student), Rachel Torres (PhD student), Janet Choate (Lab Manager), and Ryan Niemeyer (Postdoctoral Researcher) attended the CUAHSI Master Class: Advanced Techniques in Watershed Science. This week-long short course presented a unique opportunity for students, post-docs, and professionals to explore watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry at Biosphere2. Current understanding of hydrological, ecological and biogeochemical processes were explored, and advanced modeling and data analysis techniques were introduced. Naomi Tague taught a section on “Confronting models with data & Models for Data Integration”, along with instructors Beth Boyer (Pennsylvania State University – “Runoff Generation Processes”), Ciaran Harman (Johns Hopkins University – “Transit Time Theory”), Richard Hooper (Tufts University – “Multi-tracer approaches in watershed science, End member mixing, Load estimation”), Peter Troch (University of Arizona – “Storage/Discharge relations”), and Janet Choate (TagueTeamLab manager, UCSB) who gave a short intro to R section. Class participants were able to share their current work in a poster session, and attendees were also granted a tour of B2 and LEO.
2019 Watershed Masterclass participants
Rachel Torres and Will Burke outside the LEO
Will Burke and team presenting their research idea
Naomi Tague discusses ‘Building a successful academic career’
Ryan Niemeyer and fellow scholars viewing aquaculture experiment inside B2
Ryan Niemeyer, Will Burke, Janet Choate, and Rachel Torres in front of one of the experimental hillslopes inside the LEO
Rachel Torres and team presenting their research idea
Rachel Torres in the desert biome inside B2
Masterclass participants beginning tour of B2 and LEO
Will Burke making his way down the tunnel to the south lung.
This morning at the 2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in Washington DC, Naomi Tague’s presentation addressed how we visualize and communicate model output and underlying theories in “Animating ‘green stuff’ in hydrologic models: where we are and what is next”.
This study examined one drought adaptation strategy, changes in planting decisions, using Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) imagery from June 2013, 2014, and 2015 from the Central Valley of California.
Shivers, S.W., Roberts, D.A., McFadden, J.P., Tague, C. (2018) Using Imaging Spectrometry to Study Changes in Crop Area in California’s Central Valley during Drought, Remote Sensing 10(10): 1556. doi.org/10.3390/rs10101556
In this new publication, RHESSys was used to simulate future potential land cover and climate change impacts on inflow to a reservoir in NE Spain and the plausible implications for management strategies.
Zabalza-Martínez, J., Vicente-Serrano, S.M., López-Moreno, J.I., Borràs Calvo, G., Savé, R., Pascual, D., Pla, E., Morán-Tejeda, E., Domínguez-Castro, F., Tague, C.L. (2018) The Influence of Climate and Land-Cover Scenarios on Dam Management Strategies in a High Water Pressure Catchment in Northeast Spain, Water 10(11):1668. doi.org/10.3390/w10111668
Yesterday, Naomi Tague delivered an invited presentation, “Forest structure, productivity and water use: what we are learning from models”, for the Hydrology Colloquium in the interdepartmental Graduate Program in Hydrologic Sciences (GPHS) at the University of Reno.
Given changing climate regimes and intensification of human modifications of the landscape, this new publication addresses the need for a better understanding of the influence of antecedent conditions on watershed function in the context of extreme climate events that disproportionately impact highly populated regions.
McMillan, S.K., Wilson, H.F., Tague, C.L., Hanes, D.M., Inamdar, S., Karwan, D.L., Loecke, T., Morrison, J., Murphy, S.F., Vidon, P. (2018) Before the storm: antecedent conditions as regulators of hydrologic and biogeochemical response to extreme climate events, Biogeochemistry doi:10.1007/s10533-018-0482-6
Last week, Naomi Tague presented “Interacting ecophysiologic and hydroclimatic controls on post thinning forest water use and carbon sequestration”, authored with Klein Tamir, at the 6th International Medpine Conference held at The Hebrew University in Rehovot, Israel. The MedPine 6 focus – Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems: Forestry, Ecology, Conservation, and Human use – brought together scientists who study various aspects of Mediterranean forests and their ecosystems, conservation managers and foresters, in order to enhance interdisciplinary scientific and practical dialog
In the new comment “Water sustainability and watershed storage – a comment” published in Nature Sustainability, the authors suggest re-thinking the traditional forest water sustainability question to include how watershed storage and forest access to that storage influence the water cycle.
McDonnell, J.J., Evaristo, J., Bladon, K.D., Buttle, J., Creed, I.F., Dymond, S.F., Grant, G., Iroume, A., Jackson, C.R., Jones, J.A., Maness, T., McGuire, K.J., Scott, D.F., Segura, C., Sidle, R.C., Tague, C. (2018) Comment: Water sustainability and watershed storage, Nature Sustainability 1(8): 378-379. doi: 10.1038/s41893-018-0099-8
Naomi Tague was a contributing author to California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment: Central Coast Region Report, which was released this week along with a release event by the California Adaption Forum (CAF).