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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.

E-Book Publication

Naomi Tague edited a new Frontiers in Forests and Global Change E-Book, featuring articles on the research topic ‘Forest Management Alters Forest Water Use and Drought Vulnerability’, including Tague Team Lab member Burke et al.’s paper “Understanding How Fuel Treatments Interact With Climate and Biophysical Setting to Affect Fire, Water, and Forest Health: A Process-Based Modeling Approach“, and Tague et al.’s editorial article on the topic. The E-Book and all the individual articles are available for download.

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

Modeling effects of long term management practices on water supplies after cropland abandonment

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

What happens to ecosystem services after cropland abandonment?

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.

Khorchani, M., Nadal-Romero, E., Lasanta, T., Tague, C. (2021) Effects of vegetation succession and shrub clearing after land abandonment on the hydrological dynamics in the Central Spanish Pyrenees, Catena 204: 105374. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2021.105374

Walk into Wildfire Exhibit

“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.

SNARL Spring Seminar Series

Naomi Tague will be one of the speakers in the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory Spring Seminar Series. The virtual series is free, registration opens April 20th, and the first presentation will be April 27th. Naomi Tague, along with collaborating artist Ethan Turpin, will be presenting “Future Mountain – Fire, Snow, Hydrology and Climate Change in the Sierra” on June 8th.

New approach to vegetation-change water-balance

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.

Bart, R.R., Ray, R.L., Conklin, M.H., Safeeq, M., Saksa, P.C., Tague, C.L., Bales, R.C. (2021) Assessing the effects of forest biomass reductions on forest health and streamflow, Hydrological Processes 35(3): e14114. doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14114

Research gains attention

Recent publication “How climate change and fire exclusion drive wildfire regimes at actionable scales” in Environmental Research Letters has gained attention and press coverage. Naomi Tague was interviewed by KCLU-NPR for the California Coast and for UCSB’s The Current, and Erin Hanan, Crystal Kolden and Naomi Tague were quoted in articles running in the WSU Insider and Nevada Today.

New Publication: climate vs. fuel-limitations in watershed fire regimes

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