Obtain expanded data on native vegetation before the introduction of livestock. Investigators analyzed pollen cores preserved in lake/marsh deposits to gain a perspective on plant life and climatic conditions before the introduction of domestic livestock.
Develop and test geospatial modeling tools to predict:
Post-fire landslide risk and stream sediment loading
Wildfire and grazing effects on riparian areas. Investigators will use high spatial resolution hyperspectral imagery and field studies to link watershed condition to stream channel morphology, sediment transport, and biotic condition.
Promote and disseminate holistically integrated research findings to the regional community, land managers, land stewards, and policy makers. Frequently, one shortcoming of scientific research is the lack of clear communication of results to decision-makers and stakeholders. Investigators will address this problem by making the results of the research and interpretations of these results freely available via the Internet and other publications.