Event Title

Treeflow: Tree-Ring Paleohydrology Across the Western U.S. and its Application to Water Management

Presenter Information

Jeff Lukas

Location

ECC 216

Event Website

http://water.usu.edu/htm/conference/past-spring-runoff-conferences/2012-spring-runoff-conference

Start Date

4-3-2012 1:30 PM

End Date

4-3-2012 1:50 PM

Description

By providing much longer (300-1000+ years) records of hydrologic variability than gaged records, tree-ring reconstructions of annual streamflow have proven valuable to many water resource agencies for planning and management. Over the past decade, both the availability and use of tree-ring reconstructions across the western US have increased dramatically. The TreeFlow web resource (http://treeflow.info), first developed in 2003, was significantly upgraded in 2009 to reflect this expansion, and is now a comprehensive resource on tree-ring reconstructions of streamflow and climate for most major basins in the western US, providing access to reconstruction data and information on how the data are developed and then applied to water management. One of the gaps in the West-wide paleohydrology network as archived on TreeFlow has been in the eastern Great Basin/northern Utah, but this is now being addressed by ongoing work by researchers at Utah State and BYU. An overview of the TreeFlow resource will be followed by discussion of the utility of paleohydrology as perceived by water managers, and description of several recent and forthcoming applications of tree-ring data to water planning and management.

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Apr 3rd, 1:30 PM Apr 3rd, 1:50 PM

Treeflow: Tree-Ring Paleohydrology Across the Western U.S. and its Application to Water Management

ECC 216

By providing much longer (300-1000+ years) records of hydrologic variability than gaged records, tree-ring reconstructions of annual streamflow have proven valuable to many water resource agencies for planning and management. Over the past decade, both the availability and use of tree-ring reconstructions across the western US have increased dramatically. The TreeFlow web resource (http://treeflow.info), first developed in 2003, was significantly upgraded in 2009 to reflect this expansion, and is now a comprehensive resource on tree-ring reconstructions of streamflow and climate for most major basins in the western US, providing access to reconstruction data and information on how the data are developed and then applied to water management. One of the gaps in the West-wide paleohydrology network as archived on TreeFlow has been in the eastern Great Basin/northern Utah, but this is now being addressed by ongoing work by researchers at Utah State and BYU. An overview of the TreeFlow resource will be followed by discussion of the utility of paleohydrology as perceived by water managers, and description of several recent and forthcoming applications of tree-ring data to water planning and management.

https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/runoff/2012/AllAbstracts/28