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AGU 2019 Representation

At the Dec. 9-13, 2019 AGU conference – Tague Team Lab members along with extended lab friends/collaborators/colleagues, as well as the RHESSys user community were well represented through numerous presentations and posters (listed below).

Naomi Tague – Ecohydrology and Eco-Informatics Linking theory and data to advance learning and discovery (Invited talk, Centennial – SWIRL, Lightning Talks II: Future Water)

Naomi Tague – Forest density reduction impacts on productivity, water use and drought resilience

William Burke – Multiscale Routing – Integrating the Tree-scale Effects of Disturbance into a Watershed Ecohydrologic Model

Janet Choate – Future Mountain: An interactive visualization of people, fire, water and climate in forested landscapes

Louis Graup – Spatial and temporal patterns of summer vegetative water stress resulting from snow drought

Rachel Torres – Estimating urban tree recovery after drought using an eco-hydrologic model parameterized by remote sensing data

Christopher Heckman – The role of sub-surface storage capacities in drought morality patterns along a hillslope in the Sierra Nevada, California

Ryan R Bart – Fuel treatment effects on forest mortality resistance and water yield during drought

Erin J Hanan – Don’t get too comfy: The postburn return of severe fire risk under climate change

Aubrey L Dugger – Assessing the Value of Integrating Remote-Sensing-Based Snow Products into the NOAA National Water Model for Seasonal Water Supply Prediction in the Western U.S.

Ryan Niemeyer – Restoration, Streamflow, and Stakeholder Engagement: Integrating Forest Owner & Manager Input with Hydro-Ecological Simulations

Clare Stephens – Model robustness to climate change: an experiment with the ecohydrologic model RHESSys

Jianning Ren – What Are the Relative Roles of Future Climate Change and Fire Suppression in Changing Wildfire Regime in Central Idaho?

Gabrielle F.S. Boisrame – Restoring a Natural Fire Regime Alters Streamflow, Snowpack, and Storage in a Sierra Nevada Catchment

Rebecca Gustine – Is forest management a safeguard against a climate change-altered wildfire regime in the City of Seattle’s largest source watershed?

Laurence Lin – Evaluating instream restoration effectiveness in reducing nitrogen export from an urban catchment with a coupled data-modeling approach

Taehee Hwang – Nonstationary Hydrologic Behavior in Forested Watersheds Is Mediated by Climate-Induced Changes in Growing Season Length and Subsequent Vegetation Growth

Mohammad Safeeq – Assessment of hydrologic impacts of climate change in the Sierra Nevada: comparisons between radiative change and CO2 fertilization

Ty Brandt – Assessing WRF’s Seasonal Quantitative Precipitation Estimates (QPE) in California’s Sierra Nevada Using the Airborne Snow Observatory

Charles Scaife – Evolution of Stormflow Thresholds in Long-Term Instrumented Catchments

Elizabeth M. B. Doran – Understanding Individual Action in Addressing Harmful Algal Blooms using a Social Ecological Integrated Assessment Model at the Watershed Scale

Jared David Smith – Bayesian Calibration of an Ecohydrological Model to inform Spatial Water Quality Risk Assessment and Green Infrastructure Siting

Chen Xu – Evaluation of ENSO Impact on Hydroclimatic Variability

Coupling fire spread with ecohydrology to simulate future fire regimes

Last week, Tague Team Lab friend and collaborator Maureen Kennedy (Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Tacoma) presented “Projecting future fire regimes and watershed dynamics requires coupling fire spread with ecohydrology” at the 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in Tuscon, Arizona. Preliminary results were presented from the coupled WMFire fire spread/RHESSys Hydro-Ecological model used to evaluate which watershed ecosystem services and fire regime characteristics are most sensitive to dimensions of climate change.

Kennedy, M.C., Bart, R., Tague, C.L., McKenzie, D. (2019) Projecting future fire regimes and watershed dynamics requires coupling fire spread with ecohydrology, Association for Fire Ecology: 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, Nov. 18-22, 2019, Tuscon, Arizona.

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’.

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Watershed Masterclass

Last week, Professor Naomi Tague and Tague Team Lab members Will Burke (PhD student), Rachel Torres (PhD student), Janet Choate (Lab Manager), and Ryan Niemeyer (Postdoctoral Researcher) attended the CUAHSI Master Class: Advanced Techniques in Watershed Science. This week-long short course presented a unique opportunity for students, post-docs, and professionals to explore watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry at Biosphere2. Current understanding of hydrological, ecological and biogeochemical processes were explored, and advanced modeling and data analysis techniques were introduced. Naomi Tague taught a section on “Confronting models with data & Models for Data Integration”, along with instructors Beth Boyer (Pennsylvania State University – “Runoff Generation Processes”), Ciaran Harman (Johns Hopkins University –  “Transit Time Theory”), Richard Hooper (Tufts University – “Multi-tracer approaches in watershed science, End member mixing, Load estimation”), Peter Troch (University of Arizona – “Storage/Discharge relations”), and Janet Choate (TagueTeamLab manager, UCSB) who gave a short intro to R section. Class participants were able to share their current work in a poster session, and attendees were also granted a tour of B2 and LEO.

Tague Medpine presentation

Last week, Naomi Tague presented “Interacting ecophysiologic and hydroclimatic controls on post thinning forest water use and carbon sequestration”, authored with Klein Tamir, at the 6th International Medpine Conference held at The Hebrew University in Rehovot, Israel. The MedPine 6 focus – Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems: Forestry, Ecology, Conservation, and Human use – brought together scientists who study various aspects of Mediterranean forests and their ecosystems, conservation managers and foresters, in order to enhance interdisciplinary scientific and practical dialog

How much stress is to much?

Naomi Tague was invited to lead a session at the International Symposium – BOUNDAR​Y SPANNING: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research – put on by The ​National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), Resources for the Future (RFF), and University of Maryland (UMD) this week in Annapolis, Maryland. Naomi brought together Tamma Carleton (UCBerkeley) “Valuing the global mortality consequences of climate change accounting for adaptation costs and benefits”, Adrian Das (US Geological Survey) “Tree Mortality and the California Drought: A preview of the future?”, Alex de Sherbinin (Columbia) “Migration as an adaptive response to climate change impacts and vulnerability”, Ariel Lugo (US Forest Service) “Who responds the quickest after hurricane wind stress: the social or the ecological systems?”, and Max Moritz (UC Santa Barbara) “When does fire, a natural ecological disturbance, become ‘stressful’?” in her session “Under Stress: For adaptive, evolving systems, how much stress is too much?”.

Event: Drought, Fire, & Flood: Climate Change and Our New Normal

Dr. Naomi Tague will be presenting at an event hosted by the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts at The Granada Theatre on April 25, at 7:00 PM. Bren, the Community Environmental Council, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History are taking part in this town hall event in oder to begin a community conversation about the potential impacts of climate change on our community, and how to improve our readiness and response in policy and practice. Please join us for this free event – tickets are available at the door.

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