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.
In this new publication, RHESSys was used to assess the effects of forest thinning on water balance in the central-Sierra American River headwaters.
Saksa, P. C., M. H. Conklin, J. J. Battles, C. L. Tague, and R. C. Bales (2017), Forest thinning impacts on the water balance of Sierra Nevada mixed‐conifer headwater basins, Water Resour. Res, 53(7), 5364–5381, doi:10.1002/2016WR019240.
New publication about the ability of water districts to meet mandatory urban water conservation targets.
Palazzo, J., O. R. Liu, T. Stillinger, R. Song, Y. Wang, E. H. T. Hiroyasu, J. Zenteno, S. Anderson, and C. Tague (2017), Urban responses to restrictive conservation policy during drought, Water Resour. Res., 53, 4459–4475, doi:10.1002/2016WR020136.
Naomi Tague and fellow UCSB professors Andrew Plantinga and Sarah Anderson, as well as Max Moritz of UC Berkeley and Maureen Kennedy of the University of Washington taught a summer seminar at UCSB earlier this month on managing wildfire. The SERI Fire hosted program provided a taste of interdisciplinary research through lectures on wildfire management, applied data analysis, and natural systems modeling techniques, as well as field trips to Sedgwick Reserve and the site of the recent Whittier Fire burn area. Six students from various institutions across the country and from diverse backgrounds and areas of study participated and produced a collaborative poster on wildfire management.
Read the story recently reported in The UC Santa Barbara Current
This week many of our lab group attended the Sierra Critical Zone Observatory Annual Meeting in at the Center Sierra Historical Society near Shaver Lake. We spent the day in science meetings and camped by Shaver Lake at night. From our group, Ryan Bart presented on the new fire effect model that he has developed as part of our SERI-Fire project. Ethan on his Entering Wildfire work and the design for new visualization of RHESSys output. Chris Heckman’s poster linked water use and storage for sites across the CZO network.
A grassland phenology model was embedded in RHESSys to model the phenology of moisture-driven annual grasslands in Mediterranean-type ecosystems in a new publication from Ryan Bart and Naomi Tague (UCSB) with Philip Dennison (U of Utah).
Bart, R. R., C. L. Tague, and P. E. Dennison. 2017. Modeling annual grassland phenology along the central coast of California. Ecosphere 8(7):e01875. 10.1002/ecs2.1875
Naomi Tague was invited to give the presentation “Why geology matters. Forests responses to drought, climate warming, and management actions in the California Sierra” at Duke University last month as part of their speaker series in hydrology.
Tague Team Lab collaborator Colin Bell (CO School of Mines) with Naomi Tague and Sara McMillan (Purdue) have just published the new article “A model of hydrology and water quality for stormwater control measures” in Environmental Modelling & Software. Stormwater Control Measure (SCMs) routines were added to RHESSys to simulate the dynamic hydrologic and water quality processes of SCMs.
Bell, C.D., Tague, C.L., McMillan, S.K. (2017) A model of hydrology and water quality for stormwater control measures, Environmental Modelling & Software 95: 29-47. doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.05.007
Congratulations to Tague Team Lab member, postdoc Zion Klos, who along with his wife – UCSB art student Lucy Holtsnider, received an award for their “Climate Odyssey Interactive Map” in the fourth annual UC Santa Barbara Art of Science competition. Explore their beautiful interactive map that documents their sailing journey and provides links to climate change resources.
Last month Naomi Tague gave the invited talk “Managing Forests, Water & Fire in the Face of Increasing Drought Frequency and Severity”at Duke university as part of their Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences Spring Seminar Series.
Did you know that wildfires can decrease the rate at which river flows recede? Read all about it in Ryan Bart and Naomi Tague’s new publication “The impact of wildfire on baseflow recession rates in California“.
RR Bart, CL Tague. The impact of wildfire on baseflow recession rates in California. Hydrological Processes. 2017. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.11141