H040:
Developing Integrated Data-driven Evaluations of Watershed Health





Session ID#: 26435

Session Description:
U.S. Forest Service’s Watershed Condition Framework (WCF) assesses the function of our nation’s watersheds, the health of aquatic habitats, and the effectiveness of restoration treatments (Geo-Health). The WCF determines key physical, hydrological, and biological attributes of the watershed’s aquatic and terrestrial systems, via in-situ monitoring and expert judgement. 

Advances in observational and remote sensing capabilities, coupled with predictive models and multi-agency datasets, offers the opportunity to develop objective, data-driven, assessments of key watershed indicators. Scientists, practitioners and program managers will explore emerging technologies to objectively diagnose watershed health to address:

  1. What variables, spatio-temporal resolutions, and technologies are required to quantitatively assess WCF indicators (or observed condition) in a consistent manner via automated monitoring and remote sensing?

  2. Can the twelve WCF indicators be determined with enough certainty to guide near and long-term watershed risk-reduction and restoration strategies?

This session will inform upcoming USFS initiatives and pilot projects in this area.

Primary Convener:  David H Levinson, US Forest Service Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO, United States
Conveners:  Lawrence Buja, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States and Richard A MacKenzie III, US Forest Service Hilo, Hilo, HI, United States
Index Terms:

0434 Data sets [BIOGEOSCIENCES]
0496 Water quality [BIOGEOSCIENCES]
1825 Geomorphology: fluvial [HYDROLOGY]
1879 Watershed [HYDROLOGY]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Jordan P Deshon, Colorado State University, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Fort Collins, CO, United States, Jeffrey D Niemann, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, United States, Timothy R Green, USDA ARS, Pendleton, OR, United States and Andrew S Jones, Colorado State University, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Fort Collins, CO, United States
Sinan Ayad Abood, USDA Forest Service, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, & Rare Plants, Washington, DC, United States and Linda Spencer, USDA Forest Service, Rangeland Management & Vegetation Ecology, Washington, DC, United States
Rebecca L Flitcroft, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Seattle, WA, United States
William Elliot, Rocky Mountain Rsch Station, Moscow, ID, United States and Longxi Cao, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China
Christine Hirsch, US Forest Service Corvallis, Corvallis, OR, United States
Lisa S Fong, USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC, United States and Richard F Ambrose, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Andrew S Jones1, Allan Andales2, Cullen McGovern2, Garvey E. B. Smith2, Olaf David3 and Steven J Fletcher1, (1)Colorado State University, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Fort Collins, CO, United States, (2)Colorado State University, Soil and Crop Sciences, Fort Collins, CO, United States, (3)Colorado State University, Fort Collins, United States
Sean N Gordon1, Peter Eldred2 and Christine Hirsch2, (1)Portland State University, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland, OR, United States, (2)USDA Forest Service, Region 6, Aquatic and Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Program, Corvallis, OR, United States
Raha Hakimdavar, USDA Forest Service Washington DC, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, & Rare Plants, Washington, DC, United States and Sinan Ayad Abood, USDA Forest Service, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, & Rare Plants, Washington, DC, United States
Vince Archer1, Cole Mayn2 and Steve R. Brown1, (1)USDA Forest Service, Region 1, Missoula, MT, United States, (2)USDA Forest Service, Region 1, Bitterroot National Forest, Hamilton, MT, United States
Cara Farr, US Forest Service Portland, Portland, OR, United States
Gordon Reeves, Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States
Christopher P Carlson1, Michael B Eberle1 and David H Levinson2, (1)US Forest Service Washington DC, Washington, DC, United States, (2)US Forest Service Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO, United States

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