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.
Dr. Erin Hanan – assistant professor of fire ecology and director of the Fire & Dryland Ecosystems Lab in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at UNR – wrote the commentary “Megafires: Climate change or land management?” as a guest blogger for the Niskanen Center. This timely commentary addresses the debate on fires in the West – are they due to climate change, or due to forest mismanagement?
This research highlights how runoff losses/gains due to changes in snow dynamics (amount, melt, timing) as a result of climate change are mediated by site specific conditions such as vegetation use, subsurface characteristics, and energy availability.
Barnhart, T. B., Tague, C. L., & Molotch, N. P. (2020). The counteracting effects of snowmelt rate and timing on runoff. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR026634. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR026634
Longtime TagueTeamLab 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.
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) Fuels treatment and wildfire effects on runoff from Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forests, Ecohydrology 13(3): e2151. doi.org/10.1002/eco.2151
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) Sensitivity of nitrate concentration-discharge patterns to soil nitrate distribution and drainage properties in the vertical dimension, Hydrological Processes doi: 10.1002/hyp.13742
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.
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 of the Environment 240, 111646. doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2020.111646
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., Zabalza, J., Lana-Renault, N., Domingues-Castro, F., Choate, J. (2020) Effects of active and passive land use management after cropland abandonment on water and vegetation dynamics in the Central Spanish Pyrenees, Science of the Total Environment 717: 137160. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137160
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
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 participants on a broad range of spatial topics.