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Fire & Fuels: awae research subject areas


Fire and Fuels - photo of a fire in a forest along the Middle Fork of the Boise River Wildland fires in the arid west create a cause for concern for many inhabitants and an area of interest for researchers. Wildfires dramatically change watersheds, yielding floods and debris flows that endanger water supplies, human lives, and valuable fish habitats. Fuel management is intended to mitigate the effects of wildfire but poses risks to water quality and aquatic habitat. AWAE scientists search for solutions for simultaneous restoration of forests and aquatic ecosystems. Although the problem is typically cast as a tradeoff between management actions like fuel reduction, fire suppression, and emergency stabilization versus wildfire, new ideas about appropriate
management response to wildfire require understanding how to build resilient ecosystems. There is a need for strategic restoration that addresses terrestrial as well as aquatic needs.

Scientists (profile pages)

bulletJohn Buffington

bulletKate Dwire

bulletBill Elliot

bulletDan Isaak

bulletCharlie Luce

bulletDan Neary

bulletChuck Rhoades

bulletBruce Rieman

bulletPeter Robichaud

bulletNatalie Wagenbrenner

bulletMichael Young

Subcategories (quick jump)

bulletFeatured Fires and Fuels Publications

bulletAquatic Ecology

bulletClimate Change


featured Publications

 

Battaglia, M.; Rocca, M., Rhoades, C. and M.G. Ryan. 2010. Surface fuel loadings within mulching treatments in Colorado coniferous forests. Forest Ecology and Management doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2010.08.004

 

Collins, B.; Rhoades, C.; Battaglia, M.; and R. Hubbard. 2012. The effects of bark beetle outbreaks on forest development, fuel loads and potential fire behavior in salvage logged and untreated lodgepole pine forests. Forest Ecology and Management. 284: 260-268.


Fornwalt, Paula J.; Rhoades, Charles C. 2011. Rehabilitating slash pile burn scars in upper montane forests of the Colorado Front Range. Natural Areas Journal. 31(2): 177-182.


Rhoades, C. C.; Battaglia, M. A.; Rocca, M. E.; Ryan, M. G. 2012. Short- and medium-term effects of fuel reduction mulch treatments on soil nitrogen availability in Colorado conifer forests. Forest Ecology and Management. 276: 231-238.


Rhoades, Charles C.; Entwistle, Deborah; Butler, Dana. 2011. The influence of wildfire extent and severity on streamwater chemistry, sediment and temperature following the Hayman Fire, Colorado. International Journal of Wildfire Science. 20: 430-442.


featured Science

 

Aquatic Ecology

 

Forest Biomass Utilization and Watershed Processes

Forest Biomass Utilization and Watershed Processes

Forest biomass utilization can be used to improve forest health and decrease the risk of wildfire, both of which improve watershed health.

 

Science Briefing

 
 
Climate Change & Stream Temperature

 

 

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Climate Change & Wildfires: Effects on Stream Temperatures & Thermal Habitats

Temperature has an important influence on the distribution and abundance of stream organisms. A warming climate is expected to increase stream temperatures, but documentation of such increases is rare and usually limited to trend monitoring at a few sites. Broader understanding of climate effects on thermal characteristics of streams is needed to inform management strategies, but developing this understanding requires modeling techniques that provide valid interpolations between temperature measurement sites. Widespread use of digital temperature loggers provides abundant data in many places that may facilitate development of broad stream temperature models.

 

Science Briefing

   
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AWAE Fire & Aquatic Ecosystems HomePage

 

Research Subject Areas

 

AQUATIC ENVIRONMENTS AND....

 

bulletAquatic Ecology

bulletAtmospheric Sciences

bulletBiogeochemistry

bulletClimate Change

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Engineering

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Fire & Fuels

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Fisheries

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Geomorphology

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Hydrology

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Plant Physiology

bulletSediment & Erosion

bulletSpatial Analysis

bulletWater & Watershed Processes

 

Resources

 

Stream Temperature Modeling Website


River Bathymetry Toolkit (RBT)

 

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

 

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

 

Fire and Aquatic Ecosystems


 

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