State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2010DE189B
Title: A Watershed Scale Forest Inventory of the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 6/01/2010
End Date: 2/01/2011
Congressional District: At large
Focus Categories: Hydrology, Hydrogeochemistry, Surface Water
Keywords: forested watersheds, tree canopy, rainfall partitioning, forest management
Principal Investigators: Levia, Delphis; Lepori-Bui, Michelle
Federal Funds: $ 1,500
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 3,000
Abstract: The overarching goal of the project is to conduct a watershed scale forest inventory and relate the spatial arrangement of canopy cover to the partitioning of incident rainfall into throughfall and stemflow. The central hypothesis is that tree canopy coverage in watersheds may affect this partitioning as a function of tree species, which has forestry management and water quality implications. Results from this study will be of direct use and relevance to an ongoing NSF-funded study examining the ecohydrology and biogeochemistry of the watershed as it will allow plot level research to be extrapolated to larger areas with confidence. Specific objectives are to conduct a watershed inventory of trees within the catchment and (2) examine tree canopy coverage in relation to partitioning of incident rainfall into throughfall and stemflow.

Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF

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