This research provides the scientific basis and specialized tools needed by natural resource managers
and landowners to understand the likely effects of their decisions on water, air, and soil resources on forests and rangelands. The applied research conducted by AWAE contributes to a better understanding of the interactions between changing land uses, weather patterns, and pollution levels. AWAE research involving Water & Watersheds involves discovering and developing knowledge, models and syntheses that predict responses to changing conditions, describe watershed processes, and assess effects of landslides and erosion. The 2011-2016 Strategic Plan for Forest Service Research & Development – Water, Air, and Soil Strategic Program Area establishes relevant context for our work in the Water and Watersheds Strategic Priority area.