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Hydrology: awae research subject areas


river image Hydrology is the scientific discipline concerned with the waters of the Earth, with their occurrence, distribution, and circulation by means of the hydrologic cycle and relations with living things. It also deals with the chemical and physical properties of water in all its phases. At AWAE, this field focuses greatly on snow hydrology, stream-riparian environments, soils, erosion, climate change, wildfire and geomorphology to name a few.

 

Road & Soil Erosion

Unpaved and native surfaced roads are critical in forest management for recreation, wildlife, and timber production. Forest road erosion accounts for the majority of erosion in forestlands. Road management for these forest areas receives increasing pressures to reduce the amount of erosion that occurs on forest roads to create the lowest impact on the environment and to keep our natural world as picturesque and untouched as possible.

 

road erosion

 

While soil erosion is an inevitable and naturally occurring phenomenon, it is greatly accelerated by human interaction. In the future, this could potentially result in degraded water quality considering that forest watersheds are highly valuable in protecting and improving water. Increased land development / land use change can threaten the quality of water that flows through watersheds in the U.S. (Grace, 2008).

 

Hydrologists (profile pages)
bulletKelly Elder

bulletTom Black

bulletCharlie Luce

bulletSandra Ryan-Burkett

Collaborative

bulletWilliam Elliot

bulletRobert Hubbard

bulletDaniel Neary

bulletPete Robichaud

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Clean Water - Insect Outbreaks and Watersheds

Mountain pine bark beetle outbreaks are causing rapid, unprecedented change in the headwater forests of Western North America. Infestation and mortality currently threaten more than 80% of the basal area of many lodgepole pine dominated stands across the West. In Colorado, bark beetle mortality now exceeds 1.5 million acres and the outbreak is projected to ravage 85 to 90% of the mature lodgepole ecosystems in Colorado and Wyoming within the next five years. The consequences of this extensive canopy disturbance and subsequent management activities will characterize western watersheds and forest landscapes for decades to come.

 

RMRS Hot Topic

 

Mountain Pine Beetle Impacts to Lodgepole Pine Forests

 

Consequences of Salvage Logging on Post-Beetle Outbreak Lodgepole Pine Forests

 

 

Precipitation Declines In Pacific Northwest Mountains

Precipitation Declines In Pacific Northwest Mountains

High-elevation climate trends in the Pacific Northwest show that streamflow declines are linked to decreases and changes in wind patterns that bring precipitation to mountains.

 

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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)

 

Sediment Transport data

 

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

 

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


 

Rocky Mountain Research Station - Air, Water and Aquatic Environments Sciences Program
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