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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.

New manuscript: Riparian vegetation as an indicator of riparian condition

posted Nov 22, 2016, 9:09 AM by Wally Macfarlane   [ updated Nov 23, 2016, 10:29 AM by Nate Hough-Snee ]

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

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

Wheaton et al. "Geomorphic mapping and taxonomy of fluvial landforms" in press at Geomorphology

posted Aug 16, 2015, 11:30 AM by Nate Hough-Snee

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:

Hafen and Budy trout aggression paper in NAJFM

posted Jun 5, 2015, 1:20 PM by Konrad Hafen

Nearly three years ago I presented the results from this my undergraduate study examining aggression between Tiger, Rainbow, and Cutthroat trout at the Western AFS meeting in Boise, ID. Finally, with a lot of help from my advisor, Phaedra Budy, and numerous other folks in the Watershed Sciences Department we were able to get the article published in North American Journal of Fisheries Management.

You can view the full text here, or request a PDF from 

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