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New FHC, ET-AL or ELR Publications

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.

River Styles Assessment of Middle Fork John Day Published in Journal of Maps

posted Apr 23, 2017, 5:42 PM by Joe Wheaton

Gary O'Brien led this effort with collaborators Kirstie Fryirs and Gary Brierley. In this Journal of Maps article, we show how a geomorphic assessment using River Styles can be used to inform watershed restoration planning and prioritization:

Simple method for estimating water storage in beaver ponds

posted Feb 20, 2017, 12:31 PM by Joe Wheaton

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. 

  • Karran, DJ, Westbrook, CJ, Wheaton, JM, Johnston, CA and Bedard-Haughn, A, 2017. Rapid surface-water volume estimations in beaver ponds. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21(2): 1039-1050. DOI: 10.5194/hess-21-1039-2017.

New manuscript: Riparian vegetation as an indicator of riparian condition

posted Nov 22, 2016, 9:09 AM by Wally Macfarlane   [ updated Apr 23, 2017, 5:28 PM by Joe Wheaton ]

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:

The Valley Bottom Extraction Tool (V-BET)

posted Sep 7, 2016, 8:21 AM by Jordan Gilbert   [ updated Nov 22, 2016, 8:59 AM by Wally Macfarlane ]

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.

A Comparison of Stream Channel Classification Frameworks published in PLOS ONE

posted Mar 17, 2016, 10:51 AM by Martha Jensen   [ updated Mar 19, 2016, 1:56 PM by Joe Wheaton ]

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.



Bennett & Bouwes lead a pair of papers in Fisheries highlighting IMWs and Adaptive Management

posted Mar 17, 2016, 7:05 AM by Joe Wheaton

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.

The DEM error models based on fuzzy inference systems we use in CHaMP published in WRR

posted Jan 30, 2016, 2:30 PM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Mar 17, 2016, 2:36 AM ]

Sara Bangen and team just had a paper in Water Resources Research accepted that lays out how fuzzy inference systems are used in the 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. 

BRAT capacity model published in Geomorphology

posted Dec 3, 2015, 3:24 PM by Wally Macfarlane   [ updated Jan 30, 2016, 2:25 PM by Joe Wheaton ]

The capacity model from the 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.

CHaMP instream wood in press at River Research and Applications

posted Sep 15, 2015, 10:23 AM by Nate Hough-Snee 
The ET-AL's Alan KasprakBecca RossiNick BouwesJoe 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.

For individuals lacking institutional access, the PDF is available via ResearchGate or as a PeerJ PrePrint

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