Which mechanisms control the change in water yield following a beetle outbreak?

In this new publication, RHESSys is used to explore the mechanisms that control the change in water yield following a beetle outbreak. Results indicate that the response to beetle-caused tree mortality is nonlinear – the direction of water yield change was location specific & driven by inter-annual climate variability, . Ren, J., Adam, J.C., Hicke,Continue reading “Which mechanisms control the change in water yield following a beetle outbreak?”

Niche-partitioning of soil water resources & higher forest productivity

In this new publication, research revealed fundamental differences in water-use patterns and niche-partitioning of soil water resources among the phylogenetic groups of trees co-occurring in widespread forests around the Mediterranean. RHESSys model simulations show that this partitioning has an important role in the higher productivity of the mixed forest compared to monoculture forests. Rog, I.,Continue reading “Niche-partitioning of soil water resources & higher forest productivity”

Taking Notice!

The recent paper in Ecosphere, “Does hot and dry equal more wildfire? Contrasting short- and long-term climate effects on fire in the Sierra Nevada“, has been getting some attention! Lead author Maureen Kennedy was interviewed for the science section in UW News, along with co-author Naomi Tague: “Possible future for Western wildfires: Decade-long burst, followedContinue reading “Taking Notice!”

Does hot and dry equal more wildfire?

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-termContinue reading “Does hot and dry equal more wildfire?”

E-Book Publication

Naomi Tague edited a new Frontiers in Forests and Global Change E-Book, featuring articles on the research topic ‘Forest Management Alters Forest Water Use and Drought Vulnerability’, including Tague Team Lab member Burke et al.’s paper “Understanding How Fuel Treatments Interact With Climate and Biophysical Setting to Affect Fire, Water, and Forest Health: A Process-BasedContinue reading “E-Book Publication”

Modeling effects of long term management practices on water supplies after cropland abandonment

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, HydrologicalContinue reading “Modeling effects of long term management practices on water supplies after cropland abandonment”

What happens to ecosystem services after cropland abandonment?

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. Khorchani, M., Nadal-Romero, E., Lasanta, T., Tague, C. (2021) Effects ofContinue reading “What happens to ecosystem services after cropland abandonment?”

New approach to vegetation-change water-balance

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 associatedContinue reading “New approach to vegetation-change water-balance”

Research gains attention

Recent publication “How climate change and fire exclusion drive wildfire regimes at actionable scales” in Environmental Research Letters has gained attention and press coverage. Naomi Tague was interviewed by KCLU-NPR for the California Coast and for UCSB’s The Current, and Erin Hanan, Crystal Kolden and Naomi Tague were quoted in articles running in the WSUContinue reading “Research gains attention”

New Publication: climate vs. fuel-limitations in watershed fire regimes

In this new publication “How climate change and fire exclusion drive wildfire regimes at actionable scales” , the authors modeled the drivers that dominate fire regimes at management-relevant scales, finding that spatial estimates of soil aridity can provide a relatively simple, first-order indicator of where in a watershed fire regime is climate vs. fuel-limited andContinue reading “New Publication: climate vs. fuel-limitations in watershed fire regimes”