From mid-2013, we started posting new publications from the group here. See here for Joe Wheaton's complete list of publications and scholarly publications. These represent selected papers, book chapters, books, and significant reports from the Fluvial Habitats Center.
New FHC, ET-AL or ELR Publications
Daniel Karran (a PhD student of Cherie Westbrook at University of Saskatchewan) led an effort to test how well simple methods for estimating surface water storage volume from just surface area and dam height works for beaver ponds. The methods have been used widely in estimating storage in wetlands and prairie pot-holes, and provide a nice morphometric approach to estimating dams from area (easy to measure off aerial imagery) and dam height, which can be quickly measured in the field. This allows foregoing the effort of full topographic surveys to estimate pond volumes. Given the growing interest in beaver as a restoration and climate adaptation tool, methods for quickly estimating their impact on hydrology (in this case through increasing surface water storage) are very topical.
This manuscript presents a flexible approach to assessing riparian vegetation departure from historic condition. In this case study, LANDFIRE data was used to assess riparian condition across the entire state of Utah and twelve watersheds in the Columbia River Basin:
Macfarlane, W.W., J.T. Gilbert, M.L. Jensen, J.D. Gilbert, N. Hough-Snee, P.A. McHugh, J.M. Wheaton, S.N. Bennett. In Press. Riparian vegetation as an indicator of riparian condition: detecting departures from historic condition across the North American West. Journal of Environmental Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.10.054
Our paper, "The Valley Bottom Extraction Tool (V-BET): a GIS tool for delineating valley bottoms across entire drainage networks" was recently published in the journal Computers & Geosciences. The paper presents the V-BET tool, explains how it works and presents an application of valley bottom delineation for the state of Utah and several basins within the interior Columbia River Basin.
The V-BET tool can be downloaded at https://bitbucket.org/jtgilbert/riparian-condition-assessment-tools/wiki/Home
Alan Kasprak and Nate Hough-Snee recently led a team of FHC researchers and research partners in an effort to compare stream classification networks within Oregon’s Middle Fork John Day River Basin. This much-anticipated research explores both the agreement and disagreement between the River Styles Framework, Rosgen Classification, Natural Channel Classification, and a statistical classification at a suite of CHaMP sites. The paper is available on Research Gate or PLOS ONE.
Kasprak A, Hough-Snee N, Beechie T, Bouwes N, Brierley G, Camp R, Fryirs K., Imaki H, Jensen M, O'Brien G, Rosgen D, Wheaton JM (2016). The Blurred Line between Form and Process: A Comparison of Stream Channel Classification Frameworks. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0150293. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150293
A summary of the paper is available on Alan Kasprak’s blog and on Nate Hough Snee’s Perceptible Changes blog. See also this news post.
Steve Bennett and Nick Bouwes just published a pair of important pair of papers in Fisheries this month highlighting the groups work on Intensively Monitored Watersheds (including Bridge Creek beaver restoration and Asotin Creek HDLWD restoration) and Adaptive Management in the Asotin Creek IMW. There has been a fair amount of positive press surrounding their publication including an Associated Press article and this USU Today piece.
Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program to model DEM errors. We hope the paper will provide guidance for those looking to use fuzzy inference systems for DEM error modelling and show the advantages of adding more inputs into such models.
Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT) was finally published as part of an invited contribution for a special issue in Geomorphology associated with the 2016 Bingahmton Geomorphology Symposium. A full copy of the text can be viewed on Researcher Gate.
This paper lays out the rationale for the capacity model and presents results from the Utah BRAT run as context.
The ET-AL's Alan Kasprak, Becca Rossi, Nick Bouwes, Joe Wheaton and the USFS's Brett Roper and I (Nate Hough-Snee) recently had our paper on models of instream wood in the interior Columbia River Basin, "Hydrogeomorphic and Biotic Drivers of Instream Wood Differ Across Sub-basins of the Columbia River Basin, USA," published in River Research Applications. This paper explores how climate and hydrologic and ecological settings differ between CHaMP sub-basins and how these settings correspond to different wood loads.
The ET-AL continues their collaborations with geographers/geomorphologists down under, Kirstie Fryirs (Macquarie), and Gary Brierley (Auckland), as the much anticipated, "Geomorphic mapping and taxonomy of fluvial landforms" has been accepted and is now in press at Geomorphology. This paper, which presents a classification and taxonomy of fluvial landforms, clarifies the terminology used to describe landforms in and around rivers, and their evolution. The paper features numerous ET-Al/FHC personnel, including Sara Bangen, Gary O' Brien, and Nick "the Bouwes" Bouwes. Check it out at Geomorphology: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.07.010