In this new Ecosphere publication, fire spread and fire effects are integrated with ecohydrology in the new RHESSys-WMFire model and used to explore contrasting short- and long-term climate effects on fire in the Sierra Nevada.
Kennedy, M.C., Bart, R.R., Tague, C.L., Choate, J.S. (2021) Does hot and dry equal more wildfire? Contrasting short- and long-term climate effects on fire in the Sierra Nevada, CA., Ecosphere 12( 7):e03657. doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.3657
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
Last week Naomi Tague presented ‘The Tight Coupling Between Forests and Water – And Why This Matters’ as part of the Oregon State University/Portland State University/USGS hydrology seminar series for the Water Resource Graduate Program‘s Spring 2021 seminar series.
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
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.
“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.
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.