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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Charlie Luce - Research Hydrologist

Charles H. Luce

Research Hydrologist
322 East Front Street, Suite 401
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-373-4382
Fax: 208-373-4391


Current Research

  •  Effects of climate change and wildfire on streamflows and forest and aquatic ecology.
  • Integrated management of fuels and aquatic ecosystems with fewer conflicts over tradeoffs between fuels management and endangered fish and better solutions through conjunctive management of forest and aquatic resources at the sub-basin scale.
  • Effects of wildfire and climate change on stream temperature and Bull Trout distributions.
  • Monitoring forest roads and best management practices.
  • Appropriate and cost effective solutions to water supply and aquatic habitat issues brought about by a changing climate and increased demands.
  • Improved ability to manage water through forecast knowledge and improved prioritization of mitigation for aquatic ecosystems.
  • A lower impact, lower cost, and safer road system.
  • See also:

    Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package (GRAIP) Website

    Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package (GRAIP) Briefing Paper

    Adaptation for Wildland Aquatic Resources - Science Briefing

    Precipitation Declines In Pacific Northwest Mountains - Science Briefing

    Sediment Delivery In A Changing Climate - Science Briefing

    Tools to Model Road Impacts - Science Briefing

    Western US Stream Flow Metric Dataset

    Western US Stream Flow Metric Dataset - Science Briefing

    NorWeST Stream Temperature- Regional Database and Model

    Climate Change, Crowd-Sourcing, and Conserving Aquatic Biotas in the Rocky Mountains This Century

    2011 Climate-Aquatics Decision Support Workshop

    Stream Temperature Modeling Website

    Bull Trout and Climate Change - Risks, Uncertainties and Opportunities for Mapping the Future 2008

    Western Watersheds and Climate Change Workshop - November 17-19, 2009

    Research Interests

    1.     Climate change effect pathways on stream and forest ecosystems

    2.     Ecohydrology of climate extremes

    3.     Scaling hydrologic, geomorphic, and coupled ecological processes

    4.     Snow hydrology

    5.     Forest road effects on hydrology, slope stability, and erosion.

    Past Research

    Water flows through the landscape, giving it shape and life. Water is important to people for basic sustenance, economic production, and quality of life. Much of what people do on the land and to the atmosphere affects different parts of the water cycle, including precipitation, snowpack, evaporation, or streamflow. We also have substantial effects on water quality. Regulating our own influences on water requires understanding connections between what we do and the outcomes to the hydrologic cycle. It also requires understanding how changes to the water cycle affect our forests and streams. Substantial work has been done by many scientists over the years to understand the hydrology and ecology of forest ecosystems, particularly aimed at reducing the impacts of forest management on watershed values, such as clean water and healthy fish populations. As the world changes there is a heightened need to comprehend the magnitude and pathways of consequences to people and ecosystems, and to organize a response. There are many questions about what we can do that might be effective in the face of the kinds of changes we are seeing, and there is a much greater recognition of the role of hydrologic changes affecting both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Multifaceted research on how climate change affects water, how those changes affect forests and streams, and what we can do with forest, watershed, and water management to sustain a reliable, clean water supply is some of the most critical research we do.

    Why This Research is Important

    Current research builds off of past projects on spatial heterogeneity in snow accumulation and melt, runoff and erosion from forest roads, climate modeling, and fire effects.

    Education

    • University of Washington, BS Forest Management, 1986
    • University of Washington, MS Forest Hydrology, 1990
    • Utah State University, Ph.D. Civil Engineering, 2000

    Awards & Recognition

    Featured Publications & Products

    Publications & Products

    Research Highlights

    HighlightTitleYear


    RMRS-2011-01
    Evaluating the Effects of Climate Change on Streamflow

    Scientists have developed a database of flow metrics for streams in the western U.S. under historical conditions and climate change scenarios.

    2011


    Last updated on : 09/19/2014