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Welcome to the Tague Team Lab at UCSB!

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.

Hanan’s commentary on Megafires

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?

New Publication! Snow, runoff, and counteracting influences

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

New Pub! Impacts of forest‐fuel treatments and wildfire on hydrologic fluxes in the Sierra Nevada

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

New Pub! Vertical processes and the nitrate concentration–discharge relationships in a semi‐arid watershed

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

New publication on Urban Vegetation impact from Drought

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

New Publication on implications of Active/Passive management on abandoned cropland

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

New Publication looks at perspective on research directions in ecohydrology

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

Louis Graup Lightning talk

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.

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