Roadmap for future ecohydrological coupling research

New publication ‘Ecohydrological decoupling under changing disturbances and climate‘ synthesizes the literature on post-disturbance ecohydrological coupling and develops a framework of testable hypotheses to provide a roadmap for future research. McDowell, N., Anderson-Teixeira, K., Biederman, J., Breshears, D, Fang, Y., Fernández de Uña, L., Graham, E., Mackay, D., McDonnell, J., Moore, G., Nehemy, M., Stevens-Rumann,Continue reading “Roadmap for future ecohydrological coupling research”

New Publication: Bark Beetle Effects on Fire Regimes

New publication looks at how tree mortality caused by Bark Beetle outbreaks can increase or decrease wildfire hazards by altering surface fuel loading and decreasing leaf moisture. The RHESSys-WMfire model was coupled with a beetle effects model (RHESSys-WMFire-Beetle) to simulate interactions among hydrology, vegetation, beetle effects, and fire. Ren, J., Hanan, E.J., Hicke, J.A., Kolden,Continue reading “New Publication: Bark Beetle Effects on Fire Regimes”

Commentary & advice on research funding

In the upcoming February 2023 special issue on Women in Hydrology in the Journal of Hydrology, author Holly R. Barnard (Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder) reviewed the competitive funding landscape and gives some advice on navigating the process, learned from her own experiences and from other women in science – including Naomi TagueContinue reading “Commentary & advice on research funding”

New Publication – Tree response to Snow Drought

This new publication looks at the consequences of changing snowpacks on forest water stress by using the RHESSys model to explore how a tree’s position (upslope or riparian) on a hillslope influences its drought response. Graup, L.J., Tague, C.L., Harpold, A.A., Krogh, S.A. (2022) Subsurface lateral flows buffer riparian water stress against snow drought, JournalContinue reading “New Publication – Tree response to Snow Drought”

New article – post thinning micrometeorology & soil moisture under extreme drought & record precipitation

This new article compares the below-canopy meteorological and subsurface hydrologic differences between two thinning prescriptions and an unaltered Control during periods of extreme drought and near-record precipitation (with little snow) within a coniferous forest in the rain-snow transition zone of the southern Cascades. Hardage, K., Wheelock, S.J., Gaffney, R., O’Halloran, T., Serpa, B., Grant, G.,Continue reading “New article – post thinning micrometeorology & soil moisture under extreme drought & record precipitation”

New publication explores when fire regimes shift from flammability- to fuel-limited

In this new publication, RHESSys-WMFire is used to address the overarching question: How does vegetation modulate the effects of climate change on fire regimes in a semiarid watershed? More specifically – what are the relative and opposing roles of key exogenous drivers (climate change/CO2) and key endogenous drivers (fuel load/fuel aridity) in driving fire regimes.Continue reading “New publication explores when fire regimes shift from flammability- to fuel-limited”

New Pub: Remote sensing used to look at urban drought response

In this new publication, functionally and seasonally distinctive remote sensing variables were used to quantify changes in urban vegetation canopy conditions during droughts. Miller, D.L., Alonzo, M., Meerdink, S.K., Allen, M.A., Tague, C.L., Roberts, D.A., McFadden, J.P. (2021) Seasonal and interannual drought responses of vegetation in a California urbanized area measured using complementary remote sensingContinue reading “New Pub: Remote sensing used to look at urban drought response”