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”

Naomi interviewed on ‘Who’s your Data?’ podcast

Naomi Tague was recently interviewed by Gilad Barash on his ‘Who’s your Data?‘ podcast about her research predicting and forecasting forest fire frequency and severity, data used in models, machine learning, and her work in developing ways to visualize the results to help officials and the public understand the processes and impacts of fire onContinue reading “Naomi interviewed on ‘Who’s your Data?’ podcast”

New Publication: Impacts on water resources in a low-to-no snow future

In this review paper “A low-to-no snow future and its impacts on water resources in the western United States” in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, author analysis of scientific studies on snow loss use a new low- to-no snow definition that suggests that in approximately 35-60 years, low-to-no-snow winters will become persistent in the westernContinue reading “New Publication: Impacts on water resources in a low-to-no snow future”

Carbon/Water tradeoffs & management objectives

New publication in Environmental Research used the RHESSys model to quantify the tradeoffs between carbon sequestration and water fluxes under different climate and land management scenarios in abandoned cropland areas in Mediterranean mountains. Khorchani, M., Nadal-Romero, E., Lasanta, T., Tague, C. (2021) Carbon sequestration and water yield tradeoffs following restoration of abandoned agricultural lands inContinue reading “Carbon/Water tradeoffs & management objectives”

New publication characterises spatial variation in shallow soil moisture

The goal of this study was to characterise spatial variation in shallow soil moisture at the plot scale by relating the mean of measurements collected in a plot to the standard deviation, as spatial variation of soil moisture over very small areas (<100 m2) can have nonlinear impacts on cycling and flux rates. Scaife, C.I., Duncan,Continue reading “New publication characterises spatial variation in shallow soil moisture”

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?”