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.
Tague, C., Hurteau, M.D., Parolari, A. (2021) Editorial: Forest Management Alters Forest Water Use and Drought Vulnerability, Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 4: 671437. doi.org/10.3389/ffgc.2021.671437
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.
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, Hydrological Processes, e14191. doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14191
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.
“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 and audible experience of walking through a wild-land fire.
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 associated with forest biomass reductions.
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 and where fire regimes are most vulnerable to change.
Hanan, E.J., Ren, J., Tague, C.L., Kolden, C.A., Abatzoglou, J.T, Bart, R.R., Kennedy, M.C., Liu, M., Adam, J.C. (2020) How climate change and fire exclusion drive wildfire regimes at actionable scales, Environmental Research Letters doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/abd78e
Congratulations to TagueTeamLab collaborator and friend Dr. Maureen Kennedy – Assistant Professor, University of Washington Tacoma, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Division of Sciences and Mathematics – on her newly granted tenure last month! Dr. Kennedy incorporated fire spread modeling into the RHESSys model = RHESSys-Fire.