Tree-ring reconstructions of streamflow and applications in Wasatch water management
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - Salt Lake City, UT
The Western Water Assessment (WWA) and the Wasatch Dendroclimatology Research (WADR) Group—a joint effort of USU, BYU, and US Forest Service scientists—conducted a workshop to support the application of multi-century tree-ring reconstructions of streamflow in water management in northern Utah. Over 30 water managers, researchers, and others participated in the workshop.
The workshop covered:
- Principles and methods of tree-ring science and streamflow reconstructions
- Newly developed streamflow reconstructions for Wasatch rivers and streams
- Research findings on climate cycles and drought in northern Utah
- Current use of hydroclimatic data in Wasatch water planning
- Successful applications of tree-ring data in water planning elsewhere in the West
The workshop concluded with a discussion of how the new reconstructions might be applied to water management in northern Utah, and what additional information is needed.
Workshop Agenda and Presentations
Group discussion: Potential applications of the new Wasatch reconstructions, and needs for additional data