2005 Salt Lake City Annual Meeting (October 1619, 2005)
Paper No. 174-2
Presentation Time: 2:00 PM-2:20 PM

HYDROLOGY AND CLIMATE IN A PAIRED WATERSHED STUDY IN NORTHERN UTAH

GOOSEFF, Michael N.1, SHAKESPEARE, Brooke2, VAN MIEGROET, Helga3, and RYEL, Ron3, (1) Geology & Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1516 Illinois St, Golden, CO 80401, mgooseff@mines.edu, (2) Aquatic Watershed and Earth Resources, Utah State University, 5210 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-5210, (3) Forest, Range, and Wildlife Sciences, Utah State University, 5230 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-5230

We began a paired watershed study in the headwaters of the Weber River in northern Utah in 2003. The primary reason for the study is to identify vegetation treatments that are likely to result in restored ecosystem function of high elevation watersheds on private lands. We propose that historic fire suppression practices, land use, and vegetation dynamics (namely pinon juniper encroachment on aspen stands), have modified the catchment-scale ecosystem processes, including the hydrologic cycle. This presentation describes the on-going efforts to monitor climate and hydrology within these ~1000 acre catchments. Our background monitoring of climate and streamflow has allowed us to estimate gross water balances given the current status of each, and our record of bottom-of-catchment and synoptic stable isotope and biogeochemistry has provided us with more insight into the workings of each catchment.

2005 Salt Lake City Annual Meeting (October 1619, 2005)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 174
The Hydrosystem of the Great Salt Lake Basin: New Frontiers for Observing and Modeling Human-impacted Hydrologic, Climatic, and Geomorphologic Processes II
Salt Palace Convention Center: 251 C
1:30 PM-4:30 PM, Tuesday, 18 October 2005

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 37, No. 7, p. 392

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