Effective river management depends on understanding the relations between variables—both the expected responses to alternative management actions and the management actions required to produce a desired objective. Describing and quantifying these relations improve the foundation on which river management decisions are made.
An important long-term focus of riverine science at FORT is on connections between physical and biological factors, processes, and effects. In recent work, FORT scientists have broadened the domain of studies from the reach and river scales to basin and regional scales, as exemplified in these selected publications:
Andersen, D.C., D.J. Cooper, and K. Northcott. 2007. Dams, floodplain land use, and riparian forest conservation in the semiarid Upper Colorado River Basin, USA. Environmental Management 40(3): 453-475.
Bovee, K.D., T.J. Waddle, C. Talbert, J.R. Hatten, and T.R. Batt. 2008. Development and application of a decision support system for water management investigations in the Upper Yakima River, Washington. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008–1251. 289 p.
Friedman, J.M., G.T. Auble, and M.L. Scott. 1995. Geomorphic requirements for establishment and maintenance of cottonwood forest. Manhattan, KS: Great Plains Agricultural Council. p. 80-88.
Friedman, J.M., G.T. Auble, P.B. Shafroth, M.L. Scott, M.F. Merigliano, M.D. Freehling, and E.R. Griffin. 2005. Dominance of non-native riparian trees in western USA. Biological Invasions 7(4): 747-751.
Friedman, J.M., and V.J. Lee. 2002. Extreme floods, channel change, and riparian forests along ephemeral streams. Ecological Monographs 72(3): 409-425.
Friedman, J.M., W.R. Osterkamp, M.L. Scott, and G.T. Auble. 1998. Downstream effects of dams on channel geometry and bottomland vegetation: Regional patterns in the Great Plains. Wetlands 18(4): 619-633.
Morisette, J.T., C.S. Jarnevich, A. Ullah, W. Cai, J.A. Pedelty, J.E. Gentle, T.J. Stohlgren, and J.L. Schnase. 2006. A tamarisk habitat suitability map for the continental United States. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4(1): 11-17.
Northcott, K., D.C. Andersen, and D.J. Cooper. 2007. The influence of river regulation and land use on floodplain forest regeneration in the semi-arid Upper Colorado River Basin, USA. River Research and Applications 23(6): 565-577.
Scott, M.L., G.T. Auble, and J.M. Friedman. 1997. Flood dependency of cottonwood establishment along the Missouri River, Montana, USA. Ecological Applications 7(2): 677-690.
Scott, M.L., P.L. Nagler, E.P. Glenn, C. Valdes-Casillas, J.A. Erker, E.W. Reynolds, P.B. Shafroth, E.G. Limon, and C.L. Jones. 2009. Assessing the extent and diversity of riparian ecosystems in Sonora, Mexico. Biodiversity and Conservation 18(2): 247-269.
Scott, M.L., P.B. Shafroth, G.T. Auble, and E.D. Eggleston. 1997. Riparian cottonwood response to watertable declines. The Green Line, Colorado Riparian Association Newsletter 8(4): 6-7.
Shafroth, P.B., and V.B. Beauchamp, (eds.). 2006. Defining ecosystem flow requirements for the Bill Williams River, Arizona. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006–1314. 135 p.
Skagen, S.K., J.F. Kelly, C. Van Riper, III, R.L. Hutto, D.M. Finch, D.J. Krueper, and C.P. Melcher. 2005. Geography of spring landbird migration through riparian habitats in southwestern North America. Condor 107(2): 212-227.
Wiener, J.D., K.A. Dwire, S.K. Skagen, R.R. Crifasi, and D. Yates. 2008. Riparian ecosystem consequences of water redistribution along the Colorado Front Range. Water Resources Impact 10(3): 18-21.
Andersen, Doug (riparian vegetation, streamflow)
Auble, Gregor (riparian vegetation, streamflow)
Bovee, Ken (RETIRED; water management)
Friedman, Jonathan (riparian vegetation, floodplains)
Jarnevich, Catherine (invasive species modeling)
Schmidt, Travis (ecotoxicology, climate change, landscape controls on water quality)
Scott, Mike (riparian vegetation, dam removal, riparian monitoring protocols, avian conservation)
Shafroth, Pat (riparian vegetation, dam removal, streamflow)
Skagen, Susan (migratory birds, habitat, climate change)
Waddle, Terry (hydrology, rivers, water management)