Recent Projects

  • 2021 Wasatch Front in Utah
    Usability of medium-range forecasting for water system reliability
    This project aims to build water system resilience by increasing understanding of the impacts of persistent low streamflows on water systems that rely on surface water sources.
  • 2021 Western Water Assessment
    After the fire: Informing water systems management in burned landscapes
    Wildfires create hazards for lives and property through combustion and high temperatures, as well as their impacts to catchment source water. This project focuses on these water-related vulnerabilities, which include far-reaching effects on flood risks (Ebel et al., 2012), on aquatic habitats, and on water treatment costs (Hohner et al., 2019; Pitlick and Van Steeter, 1998).
  • 2021 Western Water Assessment
    Building resilience to compounding impacts of wildfire and snowpack declines
    Wildfire is a critical vulnerability for water systems in the Intermountain West, particularly those with intakes located in or downstream of forested areas. This project seeks to increase our understanding of the status of water system resilience in the context of changing wildfire risk. It will make key advances by explicitly quantifying the role of fine-scale, spatially distributed snowpack in wildfire risk/resilience under a range of historical precipitation/temperature conditions, as a way to anticipate future wildfire risks under climate change scenarios. The critical advances in scale will support the use of finer land surface/ecological classifications in wildfire risk assessments of future climate projections.
  • 2021 WWA hosts a workshop with water managers
    Building understanding for water system resilience to changing streamflows
    In this project, we will engage with water providers, tribal representatives, agricultural and other water users, ecological interests, and recreational groups about future snowpack and streamflow conditions, increasing understanding of how they view water system resilience to compound hazards. This continued engagement is essential both to disseminate new research findings and to understand evolving information and planning landscapes.
  • 2021 Barker Reservoir in Nederland, CO
    Supporting Resilient Planning Among Regional Water Providers
    This project supports water system resilience through use-inspired research that helps providers prepare for vulnerabilities due to seasonal water supply prediction errors. We will make meaningful advances in the understanding of existing water supply forecast vulnerabilities and identifying realistic potential adaptations for water systems.

Recent Publications

Dilling, Lisa, Meaghan E. Daly, William R. Travis, Andrea J. Ray, and Olga V. Wilhelmi. 2023. “The Role of Adaptive Capacity in Incremental and Transformative Adaptation in Three Large U.S. Urban Water Systems.” Global Environmental Change 79 (March): 102649.

Rader, Alana M., Christine Biermann, Stephen M. Chignell, Katherine R. Clifford, Lisa C. Kelley, and Rebecca Lave. 2023. “Practicing Critical Physical Geography: New Trading Zones and Interactional Expertise in an Expanding Field.” The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe Canadien 67 (1): 10–16.

Hale, K.E., A.N. Wlostowski, S.P. Anderson, *A.M. Badger, K.N. Musselman, B. Livneh, and N.P. Molotch, 2022: Streamflow sensitivity to climate warming through the lens of surface water input, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 39, 100976.

Magness, Dawn R, Linh Hoang, R Travis Belote, Jean Brennan, Wylie Carr, F Stuart Chapin, Katherine Clifford, Wendy Morrison, John M Morton, and Helen R Sofaer. 2022. “Management Foundations for Navigating Ecological Transformation by Resisting, Accepting, or Directing Social-Ecological Change.” BioScience 72 (1): 30–44.
Crausbay, Shelley D, Helen R Sofaer, Amanda E Cravens, Brian C Chaffin, Katherine R Clifford, John E Gross, Corrine N Knapp, et al. 2022. “A Science Agenda to Inform Natural Resource Management Decisions in an Era of Ecological Transformation.” BioScience 72 (1): 71–90.

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