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The influence of precipitation, vegetation and soil properties on the ecohydrology of sagebrush steppe rangelands on the INL site

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Abstract

The INL Site and other landscapes having sagebrush steppe vegetation are experiencing a simultaneous change in climate and floristics that result from increases in exotic species. Determining the separate and combined/interactive effects of climate and vegetation change is important for assessing future changes on the landscape and for hydrologic processes.


This research uses the 72 experimental plots established and initially maintained for many years as the “Protective Cap Biobarrier Experiment” by Dr. Jay Anderson and the Stoller ESER program, and the experiment is also now referred to as the “INL Site Ecohydrology Study.” We are evaluating long-term impacts of different plant communities commonly found throughout Idaho subject to different precipitation regimes and to different soil depths. Treatments of amount and timing of precipitation (irrigation), soil depth, and either native/perennial or exotic grass vegetation allow researchers to investigate how vegetation, precipitation and soil interact to influence soil hydrology and ecosystem biogeochemistry. This information will be used to improve a variety of models, as well as provide data for these models.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
Other Government Series
Title:
The influence of precipitation, vegetation and soil properties on the ecohydrology of sagebrush steppe rangelands on the INL site
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
National Laboratory Site Enviromental Surveillance, Education, and Research Program
Publisher location:
Broomfield, CO
Contributing office(s):
Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Description:
1 p.