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Afforestation in Pyrenees

A group at the Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología, Consejo Superior deInvestigaciones Científicas in Spain are combining  RHESSys and field measurement to investigate how recolonization of pasture by forests in the uplands might influence water availability and sediment production…a complicated setting with some new grasslands/pasture in the low elevations and increasing forest in the upland.  Streamflow, groundwater and soil measurements show that changes are due not only to vegetation characteristics (greater transpiration capacity by trees relative to grass) but also due to long term changes in soil drainage and storage characteristics …some pictures from a field site visit this week…

Lab members participate in CUAHSI hydrology workshop

Last month, three of our lab members participated in the Synthesis Workshop on Hydrologic Processes in Earth System Models, a CUAHSI-NCAR collaboration to improve hydrologic process-representations in the land component of Earth System Models. Two of our recent PhD graduates, Dr. Elizabeth Garcia and Dr. Kyongho Son, and current PhD student Aubrey Dugger, who is currently working at UCAR in the Research Applications Laboratory, had a chance to reunite and collaborate with others from the fields of hydrology, earth system modeling and related communities.
Elizabeth Garcia, Kyongho Son, and Aubrey Dugger

Elizabeth Garcia, Kyongho Son, and Aubrey Dugger

CUAHSI Watershed Science Master Class

This is a week-long course for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and professionals that focuses on hydrologic watershed processes including theory, experimental design, and modeling. The Watershed Science Master Class will be held January 17-22, 2016 at Biosphere2, Oracle, Arizona. Dr. Tague is one of the Instructors, along with  Peter Troch (University of Arizona), Rick Hooper (CUAHSI), Ciaran Harman (Johns Hopkins), and Till Volkmann (University of Arizona). We highly recommend participating in this unique opportunity led by leading scientists in their fields, that also includes experiencing  Biosphere2 and the Landscape Evolution Observatory (LEO).

Please visit the website for more information on the course schedule and to register (and there are also a limited number of travel grants available on a first come, first served basis to graduate students and post-docs to help defray the cost of travel to the workshop – so don’t delay!).

See our photo album from the last workshop and visit to Biosphere2

Tague interviewed by CBC News

Dr. Naomi Tague was included in an interview by CBC News about vegetation die off in California due to drought – and what climate change may mean for Canadian forests. Naomi’s interview took place in the Rattlesnake Canyon wilderness area in Santa Barbara.

To read the interview or for more information:
CBC News

Congratulations Dr. Son!

Last week Kyongho Son successfully defended his PhD dissertation “The importance of sub-watershed variability for predicting ecohydrologic response to inter-annual climate variability and climate warming in California’s Sierra Nevada Watersheds”. Son as been a valuable member of the Tague Team Lab through his research and contributions. Congratulations Dr. Son!

Salience and Wildfire meeting

Principal investigator Naomi Tague, with fellow UCSB professors Sarah Anderson and Andrew Plantinga, led a meeting composed of a group of visiting scholars at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland, July 23-24. The meeting brought together environmental, social, and economics scholars to collaborate and develop a new approach to examine the complex linkage among fire management actions such as fuels treatments, fire risk, and post-fire effects, including risks to water resources and other ecosystem services.