Welcome to the Ecohydrology Lab at UCSB!


The Tague EcoHydrology lab focuses on watershed research, addressing the feedbacks among terrestrial vegetation, surface hydrological processes, and atmospheric conditions. We use a variety of techniques to examine the impact of changes in climate and land use on ecosystem health and water resources.
Please scroll through our blog below to see what we’ve been up to!

All are welcome to attend our weekly lab meetings and take part in presentations and scientific discussions. See our Lab meeting schedule & events page for information on each week’s topic or presenter. Meetings are held in the Bren hall lab wing, room 1005.

Joint Assembly Presentation

Dr. Naomi Tague was invited to present “Watering Urban Vegetated Patches: Computing Ecologically Useful Runoff Subsidy” at the 2015 AGU Joint Assembly annual meeting (Society partners: American Geophysical Union, Canadian Geophysical Union, Geological Association of Canada, and the Mineralogical Association of Canada) that took place in Montreal Canada May 3-7, 2015.

Detention pond in an urban development in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Detention pond in an urban development in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

New Publication!

RHESSys was used in a paper just published in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology – “Evapotranspiration deficit controls net primary production and growth of silver fir: Implications for Circum-Mediterranean forests under forecasted warmer and drier conditions”. Dr. Tague worked with scientists at the Instituto Pirenaico de Ecologia (Pyrenian Institute of Ecology in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain), using RHESSys to look at warming induced drought stress on NPP in the Pyrenees.

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Changes in Annual NPP

Dr. Tague’s photos from the field site

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RHESSys representation at AGU 2014

Presentations and posters at the Fall AGU 2014 meeting that used RHESSys in their research:

H54D-06RHESSys-WMFire: coupling wildfire to hydrology and vegetation to project the effects of climate change on mountain watersheds.
B53E-0226Studying dissolved organic carbon export from the Penobscot Watershed in to Gulf of Maine using Regional Hydro-Ecological Simulation System (RHESSys)
H53J-03Upscaling a catchment-scale ecohydrology model for regional-scale earth system modeling
H41D-0849Coupled Dynamic Modeling to Assess Human Impact on Watershed Hydrology
B41K-0206Assessing Phenological Controls on Carbon and Water Fluxes Using a Process-based Ecohydrological Model Incorporating Field Observations and Remote Sensing Data
H13H-1213Designing Green Stormwater Infrastructure for Hydrologic and Human Benefits: An Image Based Machine Learning Approach
H31G-0697Eco-hydrologic Modeling of Rangelands: Evaluating a New Carbon Allocation Approach and Simulating Ecosystem Response to Changing Climate and Management Conditions
H33L-07Seasonal and multi-year ecohydrologic responses to forest thinning
H41D-0850Interactions of Landowners′ Land Use Decisions with Flood and Water Quality
H43J-1093Integrated snow and hydrology modeling for climate change impact assessment in Oregon Cascades
H53E-0903Impacts of climate and land use change on future water resources in the Yadkin River Basin, North Carolina
H53E-0908Potential Hydrological Responses, and Carbon and Nitrogen Pools of a Two Distinct Watersheds to Rainfall and Brush Management
H53I-03Linking geology, climate and disturbance response in California mountain environments
GC33E-0577Integrating pH, substrate, and plant regrowth effects on soil nitrogen cycling after fire
H31G-0690Potential effects of tree-to-shrub type conversion on streamflow in California’s Sierra Nevada
H51D-0634Modeling Nitrate Exporting Patterns during Storm Events for a Semi-arid Mountain Watershed
H51D-0643Sensitivity of Hydrologic Partitioning to Snowpack Dynamics, Como Creek, CO

AGU 2014 schedule of eco-hydro lab affiliated presenters

See our lab schedule and event calendar on this site for AGU 2014 meeting presentations and posters by eco-hydro lab members and RHESSys affiliated presenters. If you’re interested in seeing what we’ve been up to, please come check out our research at the upcoming Fall AGU meeting December 15 – 19, 2014 in San Francisco. Please join us on Wednesday evening, 12/17 at 6:00, at City Beer Store for a RHESSys community happy hour.

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See our album on facebook for additional photos from AGU2013