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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.

Lab members present at Fire Prediction Conference

Last week, Tague Team Lab members Erin Hanan and Ryan Bart presented their research at the 2017 Conference on Fire Prediction Across Scales, a Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate event.

Bart’s presentation: Development of a coupled model for investigating the effects of forest management and climate on wildfire regimes in the western U.S.

Hanan’s presentation: Effects of fire suppression and climate change on wildfire activity in the Pacific Northwest

Hanan’s poster: Using remote sensing to account for disturbance history in process-based, carbon cycling models

Let’s Talk About Water – Film and Discussion

Let’s Talk About Water – The Challenge of Water Management in the West. Come for an evening of short film screenings, a Bren School faculty panel (Naomi Tague, Jeff Dozier, Arturo Keller, Samantha Stevenson and Bob Wilkinson), UC Santa Barbara graduate student flash talks, and discussion with local water practitioners and environmental groups to explore both the problems and solutions for water management in the American West, and how UC Santa Barbara is answering the call.

Please join us for this free event on November 2 from 6:00-8:00 pm, in UCSB Bren Hall 1414, and the reception that follows.
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