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New WRR Publication

In this new publication, authors Gabrielle Boisrame, Sally Thompson, Naomi Tague, and Scott Stephens use RHESSys to look at the hydrologic response of a restored fire regime in a basin within Yosemite National Park, California.

Boisrame, G.F.S, Thompson, S.E., Tague C., Stephens, S.L. (2019) Restoring a Natural Fire Regime Alters the Water Balance of a Sierra Nevada Catchment, WRR

New Publication -investigating forest thinning and the influence of subsurface features on water use and regeneration

In this new publication in Frontiers, authors Naomi (Christina) Tague and Max Moritz highlight the importance of accounting for site-specific variation, such as soil water storage capacity, in assessing how fuel treatments may interact with ecosystem water use and drought vulnerability, and ultimately downslope impacts on streamflow.

Tague, C.L., Moritz, M.A. (2019) Plant Accessible Water Storage Capacity and Tree-Scale Root Interactions Determine How Forest Density Reductions Alter Forest Water Use and Productivity, Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 2:36.

Congratulations Burke

Congratulations to Tague Team PhD student William Burke on successfully defending his PhD thesis proposal “The Ecohydrology of Fuels Treatments”.

William is developing and will integrate a new multi-scale routing method into the RHESSys model –  addressing limitations with current approaches – in order to better characterize and assess the effects of thinning methods on forests. Using this new method, he will assess how different thinning treatments and landscape characteristics interact and result in varying effects on forests, water, and fire.

Eco‐hydrologic impacts of forest density reduction in seasonally dry regions

In their new publication ” The changing water cycle: The eco‐hydrologic impacts of forest density reduction in Mediterranean (seasonally dry) regions“, authors Tague, Moritz, and Hanan, offer an eco‐hydrologic perspective that considers both how much water trees use (hydrology) but also how water availability affects forest ecophysiology and health (ecology). This eco‐hydrologic perspective helps to build a conceptual model of the mechanisms through which changes in forest structure and composition can influence water availability, forest productivity, and mortality patterns, particularly in Mediterranean‐climate regions, both during and after droughts.

Tague, C.L., Moritz, M., Hanan, E. (2019) The changing water cycle: The eco‐hydrologic impacts of forest density reduction in Mediterranean (seasonally dry) regions, WIREs 6(4).

Congratulations Heckman

Congratulations to Tague Team PhD student Chris Heckman on successfully defending his PhD thesis proposal “Forest resiliency through a sub-surface lens”.
Using the RHESSys model, Chris’s research explores how the vast variability in soil water storage across the Sierra Nevada will affect vegetation’s response to climate change.

Katalyn Voss PhD thesis defense

Katalyn Voss, PhD candidate and TagueTeamLab friend, will this morning defend her PhD thesis “Contributions of Glacial Melt, Snowmelt, and Groundwater to Streamflow During Low-Flow Periods: A Paired Catchment Approach in the Arun Watershed, Eastern Nepal”. Naomi Tague is a member of her PhD committee.
9am 6th floor Ellison Hall – ERI conference room.

Team Citeplan Bren MESM project

TagueTeamLab leader Naomi Tague and member Will Burke were advisors on the Bren MESM project for Team Citeplan, who spent the last year investigating the relationship between timber management, fire regimes, and wildfire behavior. Now, their findings and deliverables are being sent to a team of researchers at UC Berkeley and to officials at CAL FIRE where they will hopefully use Citeplan’s standardized approach for Wildfire Risk and Hazard assessment.
Congratulations to Bren MESM student team members Caitlin Swalec, Lauren Krohmer, Emma Siegfried, Laura Gray, and Courtney Schatzman on completing this project!

Animated RHESSys output

Scenes from last night’s “Burn Cycle: Living with Fire” event, where users were able to see animations of RHESSys model output, and ‘Walk into Fire’.