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Katalyn Voss PhD thesis defense

Katalyn Voss, PhD candidate and TagueTeamLab friend, will this morning defend her PhD thesis “Contributions of Glacial Melt, Snowmelt, and Groundwater to Streamflow During Low-Flow Periods: A Paired Catchment Approach in the Arun Watershed, Eastern Nepal”. Naomi Tague is a member of her PhD committee.
9am 6th floor Ellison Hall – ERI conference room.

Team Citeplan Bren MESM project

TagueTeamLab leader Naomi Tague and member Will Burke were advisors on the Bren MESM project for Team Citeplan, who spent the last year investigating the relationship between timber management, fire regimes, and wildfire behavior. Now, their findings and deliverables are being sent to a team of researchers at UC Berkeley and to officials at CAL FIRE where they will hopefully use Citeplan’s standardized approach for Wildfire Risk and Hazard assessment.
Congratulations to Bren MESM student team members Caitlin Swalec, Lauren Krohmer, Emma Siegfried, Laura Gray, and Courtney Schatzman on completing this project!

New Publication used RHESSys to develop a field sampling strategy

Estimates of snowmelt, root-zone soil moisture storage, and transpiration from the RHESSys model were used to design a soil moisture and sap flux field sampling strategy presented in the new publication “A top‐down soil moisture and sap flux sampling design of a rain‐snow transition mountain watershed”.

Son, K., Tague, C. (2019) A top‐down soil moisture and sap flux sampling design of a rain‐snow transition mountain watershed, Hydrological Processes doi: 10.1002/hyp.13421

Do hillslope‐scale processes matter to predicting global change?

Hydrologists, Critical Zone scientists, and Earth System Model developers were brought together to address this question in the new publication “Hillslope hydrology in global change research and Earth system modeling”.

Fan, Y., Clark, M., Lawrence, D. M., Swenson, S., Band, L. E., Brantley, S. L., et al. (2019) Hillslope hydrology in global change research and Earth system modeling, Water Resources Research 55.

A discussion of why watersheds deserve attention

Naomi Tague took part in Westmont College’s Sustainability Speaker Series – “Why Watersheds Deserve Attention“, which featured a variety of panelists across disciplines to focus on pertinent environmental issues. The panel discussion highlighted watersheds as a tribute to The Westmont Ridley Tree Museum of Art’s new exhibit, “Watershed: Contemporary Landscape Photography“.

New Publication – Modeling Urban Hydrology

In this new publication, RHESSys was used to model the processes controlling the relationship between watershed condition and response in an urban watershed, exploring the effects of imperviousness, connectivity, and storm water control measures on runoff and nitrogen loads.

Bell, C.D., Tague, C.L., McMillan, S.K. (2019) Modeling runoff and nitrogen loads from a watershed at different levels of impervious surface coverage and connectivity to stormwater control measures, Water Resources Research doi: 10.1029/2018WR023006

New Publication in Remote Sensing

This study examined one drought adaptation strategy, changes in planting decisions, using Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) imagery from June 2013, 2014, and 2015 from the Central Valley of California.

Shivers, S.W., Roberts, D.A., McFadden, J.P., Tague, C. (2018) Using Imaging Spectrometry to Study Changes in Crop Area in California’s Central Valley during Drought, Remote Sensing 10(10): 1556.

New Publication in Water

In this new publication, RHESSys was used to simulate future potential land cover and climate change impacts on inflow to a reservoir in NE Spain and the plausible implications for management strategies.

Zabalza-Martínez, J., Vicente-Serrano, S.M., López-Moreno, J.I., Borràs Calvo, G., Savé, R., Pascual, D., Pla, E., Morán-Tejeda, E., Domínguez-Castro, F., Tague, C.L. (2018) The Influence of Climate and Land-Cover Scenarios on Dam Management Strategies in a High Water Pressure Catchment in Northeast Spain, Water 10(11):1668.

New publication “Before the Storm”

Given changing climate regimes and intensification of human modifications of the landscape, this new publication addresses the need for a better understanding of the influence of antecedent conditions on watershed function in the context of extreme climate events that disproportionately impact highly populated regions.

McMillan, S.K., Wilson, H.F., Tague, C.L., Hanes, D.M., Inamdar, S., Karwan, D.L., Loecke, T., Morrison, J., Murphy, S.F., Vidon, P. (2018) Before the storm: antecedent conditions as regulators of hydrologic and biogeochemical response to extreme climate events, Biogeochemistry doi:10.1007/s10533-018-0482-6

Re-thinking the paired watershed approach from the bottom up

In the new comment “Water sustainability and watershed storage – a comment” published in Nature Sustainability, the authors suggest re-thinking the traditional forest water sustainability question to include how watershed storage and forest access to that storage influence the water cycle.

McDonnell, J.J., Evaristo, J., Bladon, K.D., Buttle, J., Creed, I.F., Dymond, S.F., Grant, G., Iroume, A., Jackson, C.R., Jones, J.A., Maness, T., McGuire, K.J., Scott, D.F., Segura, C., Sidle, R.C., Tague, C. (2018) Comment: Water sustainability and watershed storage, Nature Sustainability 1(8): 378-379. doi: 10.1038/s41893-018-0099-8

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