Charles H. Luce
Boise, ID 83702
- Effects of climate change and wildfire on streamflows and forest and aquatic ecology.
- Integrated management of fuels and aquatic ecosystems with fewer conflicts over tradeoffs between fuels management and endangered fish and better solutions through conjunctive management of forest and aquatic resources at the sub-basin scale.
- Effects of wildfire and climate change on stream temperature and Bull Trout distributions.
- Monitoring forest roads and best management practices.
- Appropriate and cost effective solutions to water supply and aquatic habitat issues brought about by a changing climate and increased demands.
- Improved ability to manage water through forecast knowledge and improved prioritization of mitigation for aquatic ecosystems.
- A lower impact, lower cost, and safer road system.
- Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package (GRAIP) Website
- Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package (GRAIP) Briefing Paper
- Adaptation for Wildland Aquatic Resources - Science Briefing
- Precipitation Declines In Pacific Northwest Mountains - Science Briefing
- Sediment Delivery In A Changing Climate - Science Briefing
- Tools to Model Road Impacts - Science Briefing
- Western US Stream Flow Metric Dataset
- Western US Stream Flow Metric Dataset - Science Briefing
- NorWeST Stream Temperature- Regional Database and Model
- Climate Change, Crowd-Sourcing, and Conserving Aquatic Biotas in the Rocky Mountains This Century
- 2011 Climate-Aquatics Decision Support Workshop
- Stream Temperature Modeling Website
- Bull Trout and Climate Change - Risks, Uncertainties and Opportunities for Mapping the Future 2008
- Western Watersheds and Climate Change Workshop - November 17-19, 2009
Water flows through the landscape, giving it shape and life. Water is important to people for basic sustenance, economic production, and quality of life. Much of what people do on the land and to the atmosphere affects different parts of the water cycle, including precipitation, snowpack, evaporation, or streamflow. We also have substantial effects on water quality. Regulating our own influences on water requires understanding connections between what we do and the outcomes to the hydrologic cycle. It also requires understanding how changes to the water cycle affect our forests and streams. Substantial work has been done by many scientists over the years to understand the hydrology and ecology of forest ecosystems, particularly aimed at reducing the impacts of forest management on watershed values, such as clean water and healthy fish populations. As the world changes there is a heightened need to comprehend the magnitude and pathways of consequences to people and ecosystems, and to organize a response. There are many questions about what we can do that might be effective in the face of the kinds of changes we are seeing, and there is a much greater recognition of the role of hydrologic changes affecting both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Multifaceted research on how climate change affects water, how those changes affect forests and streams, and what we can do with forest, watershed, and water management to sustain a reliable, clean water supply is some of the most critical research we do.
- Climate change effect pathways on stream and forest ecosystems
- Ecohydrology of climate extremes
- Scaling hydrologic, geomorphic, and coupled ecological processes
- Snow hydrology
- Forest road effects on hydrology, slope stability, and erosion.
RMRS Scientist Profile Video (YouTube) - Dr. Luce describes 30 years of research looking at sediment from forest roads and the development of the GRAIP (Geomorphic Roads Analysis and Inventory Package) tool.
Current research builds off of past projects on spatial heterogeneity in snow accumulation and melt, runoff and erosion from forest roads, climate modeling, and fire effects.
- University of Washington, B.S., Forest Management, 1986
- University of Washington, M.S., Forest Hydrology, 1990
- Utah State University, Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2000
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 2022
Dr. Charles Luce, RMRS research hydrologist, was among 54 individuals selected by the American Geophysical Union to the 2022 Class of AGU Fellows in recognition for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Earth and space science.
Individual Research Highlight, 2011
<p><a href="http://www.fs.usda.gov/research/highlights/highlights_display.php?in_high_id=381" >Evaluating the Effects of Climate Change on Streamflow</a></p>
- Charles H. Luce, Daniele Tonina, Frank Gariglio, Ralph Applebee. 2013. Solutions for the diurnally forced advection-diffusion equation to estimate bulk fluid velocity and diffusivity in streambeds from temperature time series
- Jaime R. Goode, Charles H. Luce, John M. Buffington. 2012. Enhanced sediment delivery in a changing climate in semi-arid mountain basins: Implications for water resource management and aquatic habitat in the northern Rocky Mountains
- Joel W. Homan, Charles H. Luce, James P. McNamara, Nancy F. Glenn. 2011. Improvement of distributed snowmelt energy balance modeling with MODIS-based NDSI-derived fractional snow-covered area data
- Zachary A. Holden, Charles H. Luce, Michael A. Crimmins, Penelope Morgan. 2011. Wildfire extent and severity correlated with annual streamflow distribution and timing in the Pacific Northwest, USA (1984-2005)
- Seth J. Wenger, Charles H. Luce, Alan F. Hamlet, Daniel J. Isaak, Helen M. Neville. 2010. Macroscale hydrologic modeling of ecologically relevant flow metrics
- Henry D. Adams, Charles H. Luce, David D. Breshears, Craig D. Allen, Markus Weiler, V. Cody Hale, Alistair M. S. Smith, Travis E. Huxman. 2012. Ecohydrological consequences of drought- and infestation-triggered tree die-off: Insights and hypotheses
- Luce, Charlie - 2002 - Magnetostrictive Precipitation Gage
- Luce, Charles - 2004 - Method for Sensing Evaporation of a Liquid
- Tonina, Daniele; Luce, Charlie; Gariglio, Frank - 2016 - Method and Apparatus for Monitoring Waterbed Environment Using Temperature Measurements
- Kevin S. McKelvey, William M. Block, Theresa B. Jain, Charles H. Luce, Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, Bryce A. Richardson, Victoria A. Saab, Anna W. Schoettle, Carolyn H. Sieg, Daniel R. Williams. 2021. Adapting research, management, and governance to confront socioecological uncertainties in novel ecosystems
- Mohammad Reza Alizadeha, John T. Abatzoglou, Charles H. Luce, Jan F. Adamowski, Arvin Farid, Mojtaba Sadegh. 2021. Warming enabled upslope advance in western US forest fires
- Martyn P. Clark, Charles H. Luce, Amir AghaKouchak, Wouter Berghuijs, Cedric H. David, Qingyun Duan, Shemin Ge, Ilja van Meerveld, Chunmiao Zheng, Marc B. Parlange, Scott W. Tyler. 2021. Open science: Open data, open models, … and open publications?
- Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, Michael Chang, Meghan Dalton, Scott Lowe, Charlie Luce, Christine May, Gary Morishima, Philip Mote, Alexander “Sascha” Petersen, Emily York. 2020. Beyond climate impacts: Knowledge gaps and process-based reflection on preparing a regional chapter for the Fourth National Climate Assessment
- Brian Cooke, Kristen Pelz, Chris Witt, Katelyn Driscoll, Charlie Luce, David Anderson, Jamie Barbour, Renate Bush, Mary Friberg, Carolyn Perovich. 2020. Making sense of big data: Putting Forest Inventory and Analysis to work in forest planning
- Daniel J. Isaak, Charles H. Luce, Dona L. Horan, Gwynne L. Chandler, Sherry P. Wollrab, William B. Dubois, David E. Nagel. 2020. Thermal regimes of perennial rivers and streams in the western United States
- James M. Vose, David L. Peterson, Charles H. Luce, Toral Patel-Weynand. 2019. Effects of drought on forests and rangelands in the United States: translating science into management responses
- James M. Vose, David L. Peterson, Charles H. Luce, Toral Patel-Weynand. 2019. Executive Summary
- Charles H. Luce, James M. Vose, David L. Peterson, Toral Patel-Weynand. 2019. Managing Effects of Drought: Introduction and Definition of Key Terms and Concepts
- James M. Vose, David L. Peterson, Charles H. Luce. 2019. Managing Effects of Drought: Key Messages and Conclusions
- Mohammad M. Sohrabi, Daniele Tonina, Rohan Benjankar, Mukesh Kumar, Patrick Kormos, Danny Marks, Charlie Luce. 2019. On the role of spatial resolution on snow estimates using a process-based snow model across a range of climatology and elevation
- Charles Luce, Dan Isaak. 2018. Fishing for climate data: How recent research is helping to forecast changes in salmon and trout habitat
- Charles Luce, Zachary Holden, W. Matt Jolly. 2018. Consequences of an endless summer: Untangling the link between summer precipitation and western wildfires
- Charles H. Luce. 2018. Effects of climate change on snowpack, glaciers, and water resources in the Northern Rockies Region [Chapter 4]
- Daniel J. Isaak, Charles H. Luce, Dona L. Horan, Gwynne Chandler, Sherry Wollrab, David E. Nagel. 2018. Global warming of salmon and trout rivers in the northwestern U.S.: Road to ruin or path through purgatory?
- Mark J. Muir, Charles H. Luce, Joseph T. Gurrieri, Marek Matyjasik, Jeffrey L. Bruggink, Stacey L. Weems, James C. Hurja, David B. Marr, Sarah D. Leahy. 2018. Effects of climate change on hydrology, water resources, and soil [Chapter 4]
- Brooke E. Penaluna, Gordon H. Reeves, Zanethia Barnett, Peter A. Bisson, John M. Buffington, Andy Dolloff, Rebecca Flitcroft, Charles H. Luce, Keith Nislow, John Rothlisberger, Mel. Warren. 2018. Using natural disturbance and portfolio concepts to guide aquatic-riparian ecosystem management
- Zachary A. Holden, Alan Swanson, Charles H. Luce, W. Matt Jolly, Marco Maneta, Jared W. Oyler, Dyer A. Warren, Russell Parsons, David Affleck. 2018. Decreasing fire season precipitation increased recent western US forest wildfire activity
- Daniel J. Isaak, Charles H. Luce, Gwynne L. Chandler, Dona L. Horan, Sherry P. Wollrab. 2018. Principal components of thermal regimes in mountain river networks
- Douglas R. Leasure, Seth J. Wenger, Nathan D. Chelgren, Helen M. Neville, Daniel C. Dauwalter, Robin Bjork, Kurt A. Fesenmyer, Jason B. Dunham, Mary M. Peacock, Charlie H. Luce, Abby C. Lute, Daniel J. Isaak. 2018. Hierarchical multi-population viability analysis
- J.M. Vose, D.L. Peterson, G.M. Domke, C.J. Fettig, L.A. Joyce, R.E. Keane, C.H. Luce, J.P Prestemon, L.E. Band, J.S. Clark, N.E. Cooley, A. D’Amato, J.E. Halofsky. 2018. Forests
- A. C. Lute, Charles H. Luce. 2017. Are model transferability and complexity antithetical? Insights from validation of a variable-complexity empirical snow model in space and time
- Caty F. Clifton, Kate T. Day, Kathie Dello, Gordon E. Grant, Jessica E. Halofsky, Daniel J. Isaak, Charles H. Luce, Mohammad Safeeq, Brian P. Staab, John Stevenson. 2017. Climate change and hydrology in the Blue Mountains [Chapter 3]
- Caty F. Clifton, Kate T. Day, Gordon E. Grant, Jessica E. Halofsky, Charles H. Luce, Brian P. Staab. 2017. Climate change, water resources, and roads in the Blue Mountains [Chapter 4]
- Daniel J. Isaak, Seth J. Wenger, Erin E. Peterson, Jay M. Ver Hoef, David E. Nagel, Charles H. Luce, Steven W. Hostetler, Jason B. Dunham, Brett B. Roper, Sherry P. Wollrab, Gwynne L. Chandler, Dona L. Horan, Sharon Parkes-Payne. 2017. The NorWeST summer stream temperature model and scenarios for the western U.S.: A crowd-sourced database and new geospatial tools foster a user community and predict broad climate warming of rivers and streams
- James Vose, J.S. Clark, Charlie Luce, Toral eds..Patel-Weynand. 2016. Effects of drought on forests and rangelands in the United States: a comprehensive science synthesis
- Brian Cooke, Charlie Luce, Tom Black, David Tarboton. 2016. Road scholars for the western states: Protecting natural areas by improving road management research
- Daniel J. Isaak, Michael K. Young, Charlie Luce, Steven W. Hostetler, Seth J. Wenger, Erin E. Peterson, Jay M. Ver Hoef, Matthew C. Groce, Dona L. Horan, David E. Nagel. 2016. Slow climate velocities of mountain streams portend their role as refugia for cold-water biodiversity
- Jeremy S. Littell, David L. Peterson, Karin L. Riley, Yongqiang Liu, Charlie H. Luce. 2016. A review of the relationships between drought and forest fire in the United States
- Charlie Luce, James M. Vose, Neil Pederson, John Campbell, Connie Millar, Patrick Kormos, Ross Woods. 2016. Contributing factors for drought in United States forest ecosystems under projected future climates and their uncertainty
- Charlie Luce, Neil Pederson, John Campbell, Connie Millar, Patrick Kormos, James M. Vose, Ross Woods. 2016. Characterizing drought for forested landscapes and streams
- Patrick R. Kormos, Charlie Luce, Seth J. Wenger, Wouter R. Berghuijs. 2016. Trends and sensitivities of low streamflow extremes to discharge timing and magnitude in Pacific Northwest mountain streams
- James M. Vose, Chelcy Ford Miniat, Charlie Luce. 2016. Ecohydrological implications of drought
- Charles H. Luce, Viviana Lopez-Burgos, Zachary Holden. 2014. Sensitivity of snowpack storage to precipitation and temperature using spatial and temporal analog models
- Michael G. Ryan, James M. Vose, Paul J. Hanson, Louis R. Iverson, Chelcy F. Miniat, Charles H. Luce, Lawrence E. Band, Steven L. Klein, Don McKenzie, David N. Wear. 2014. Forest processes [Chapter 3]
- Charles Luce, Brian Staab, Marc Kramer, Seth Wenger, Dan Isaak, Callie McConnell. 2014. Sensitivity of summer stream temperatures to climate variability in the Pacific Northwest
- Sarah Hines, Dan Isaak, Charles Luce, Michael K. Young. 2014. Climate change, crowd-sourcing, and conserving aquatic biotas in the Rocky Mountains this century
- David Eiriksson, Michael Whitson, Charles H. Luce, Hans Peter Marshall, John Bradford, Shawn G. Benner, Thomas Black, Hank Hetrick, James P. McNamara. 2013. An evaluation of the hydrologic relevance of lateral flow in snow at hillslope and catchment scales
- Jaime R. Goode, John M. Buffington, Daniele Tonina, Daniel J. Isaak, Russell F. Thurow, Seth Wenger, David Nagel, Charlie Luce, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Chris Soulsby. 2013. Potential effects of climate change on streambed scour and risks to salmonid survival in snow-dominated mountain basins
- Thomas A. Black, Charles H. Luce. 2013. Measuring water and sediment discharge from a road plot with a settling basin and tipping bucket
- Seth J. Wenger, Nicholas A. Som, Daniel C. Dauwalter, Daniel J. Isaak, Helen M. Neville, Charles H. Luce, Jason B. Dunham, Michael K. Young, Kurt D. Fausch, Bruce E. Rieman. 2013. Probabilistic accounting of uncertainty in forecasts of species distributions under climate change
- Frank P. Gariglio, Daniele Tonina, Charles H. Luce. 2013. Spatio-temporal variability of hyporheic exchange through a pool-riffle-pool sequence
- Oscar Maturana, Daniele Tonina, James A. McKean, John M. Buffington, Charles H. Luce, Diego Caamano. 2013. Modeling the effects of pulsed versus chronic sand inputs on salmonid spawning habitat in a low-gradient gravel-bed river
- C. H. Luce, J. T. Abatzoglou, Z. A. Holden. 2013. The missing mountain water: Slower westerlies decrease orographic enhancement in the Pacific Northwest USA
- Megan Matonis, Charles Luce, Zack Holden, Penny Morgan, Emily Heyerdahl. 2013. Our forests in the [water] balance
- Thomas A. Black, Richard M. Cissel, Charles H. Luce. 2012. The Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package (GRAIP) Volume 1: Data Collection Method
- Richard M. Cissel, Thomas A. Black, Kimberly A. T. Schreuders, Ajay Prasad, Charles H. Luce, David G. Tarboton, Nathan A. Nelson. 2012. The Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package (GRAIP) Volume 2: Office Procedures
- James M. Vose, Chelcy R. Ford, Stephanie Laseter, Salli Dymond, Ge Sun, Mary Beth Adams, Stephen Sebestyen, John Campbell, Charlie Luce, Devendra Amatya, Kelly Elder, Tamara Heartsill Scalley. 2012. Can forest watershed management mitigate climate change effects on water resources
- Charles Luce, Penny Morgan, Kathleen Dwire, Daniel Isaak, Zachary Holden, Bruce Rieman. 2012. Climate change, forests, fire, water, and fish: Building resilient landscapes, streams, and managers
- Michael G. Ryan, James M. Vose, Matthew Ayers, Lawrence Band, Chelcy Ford, Paul Hanson, Jeffrey Hick, Louis Iverson, Becky Kerns, Steven Klein, Jeremy Littell, Charlie Luce, Don McKenzie, David Wear, Aaron Weed. 2012. Effects of climatic variability and change
- James M. Vose, Chelcy R. Ford, Stephanie Laseter, Salli Dymond, GE Sun, Mary Beth Adams, Stephen Sebestyen, John Campbell, Charles Luce, Devendra Amatya, Kelly Elder, Tamara Heartsill-Scalley. 2012. Can forest watershed management mitigate climate change impacts on water resources?
- Zachary A. Holden, John T. Abatzoglou, Charles H. Luce, L. Scott Baggett. 2011. Empirical downscaling of daily minimum air temperature at very fine resolutions in complex terrain
- Seth J. Wenger, Daniel J. Isaak, Jason B. Dunham, Kurt D. Fausch, Charlie Luce, Helen M. Neville, Bruce E. Rieman, Michael K. Young, David E. Nagel, Dona L. Horan, Gwynne L. Chandler. 2011. Role of climate and invasive species in structuring trout distributions in the interior Columbia River Basin, USA
- Seth J. Wenger, Daniel J. Isaak, Charlie Luce, Helen M. Neville, Kurt D. Fausch, Jason B. Dunham, Daniel C. Dauwalter, Michael K. Young, Marketa M. Elsner, Bruce E. Rieman, Alan F. Hamlet, Jack E. Williams. 2011. Flow regime, temperature, and biotic interactions drive differential declines of trout species under climate change [includes Supporting Information]
- Gregory K. Dillon, Zachery A. Holden, Penelope Morgan, Michael A. Crimmins, Emily K. Heyerdahl, Charles H. Luce. 2011. Both topography and climate affected forest and woodland burn severity in two regions of the western US, 1984 to 2006
- Charles A. Troendle, Lee H. MacDonald, Charles H. Luce, I. J. Larsen. 2010. Fuel management and water yield
- Charles H. Luce, Bruce E. Rieman. 2010. Landscape scale effects of fuel management or fire on water resources: The future of cumulative effects analysis?
- C. H. Luce, D. G. Tarboton. 2010. Evaluation of alternative formulae for calculation of surface temperature in snowmelt models using frequency analysis of temperature observations
- Bruce E. Rieman, Paul F. Hessburg, Charles Luce, Matthew R. Dare. 2010. Wildfire and management of forests and native fishes: Conflict or opportunity for convergent solutions?
- Daniel J. Isaak, Charles H. Luce, Bruce E. Rieman, David E. Nagel, Erin E. Peterson, Dona L. Horan, Sharon Parkes, Gwynne L. Chandler. 2010. Effects of climate change and wildfire on stream temperatures and salmonid thermal habitat in a mountain river network
- C. H. Luce, Z. A. Holden. 2009. Declining annual streamflow distributions in the Pacific Northwest United States, 1948-2006
- Daniele Tonina, Charles H. Luce, Bruce Rieman, John M. Buffington, Peter Goodwin, Stephen R. Clayton, Shawkat Md. Ali, Jeffrey J. Barry, Charles Berenbrock. 2008. Hydrological response to timber harvest in northern Idaho: Implications for channel scour and persistence of salmonids
- Bruce E. Rieman, Daniel Isaak, Susan Adams, Dona Horan, David Nagel, Charles Luce, Deborah Myers. 2007. Anticipated climate warming effects on bull trout habitats and populations across the interior Columbia River basin
- Jason B. Dunham, Amanda E. Rosenberger, Charlie H. Luce, Bruce E. Rieman. 2007. Influences of wildfire and channel reorganization on spatial and temporal variation in stream temperature and the distribution of fish and amphibians
- Ajay Prasad, David G. Tarboton, Charles H. Luce, Thomas A. Black. 2005. A GIS tool to analyze forest road sediment production and stream impacts
- Charles H. Luce, Thomas A. Black. 2001. Spatial and temporal patterns in erosion from forest roads
- Charles H. Luce, Thomas A. Black. 2001. Effects of traffic and ditch maintenance on forest road sediment production
- Charlie Luce, Thomas A. Black. 1999. Sediment production from forest roads in western Oregon
- William Elliot, R. B. Foltz, Charlie Luce. 1995. Validation of Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model for low-volume forest roads
Chandler, G.L.; Wollrab, S.P.; Horan, D. L.; Nagel, D. E.; Parkes, S.L.; Isaak, D.J.; Wenger, S.J.; Peterson, E.E.; Ver Hoef, J.M.; Hostetler, S.W.; Luce, C.H.; Dunham, J.B.; Kershner, J.L.; Roper, B.B. 2016. NorWeST stream temperature data summaries for the western U.S. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2016-0032.
Isaak, D.J.; Wenger, S.J.; Peterson, E.E.; Ver Hoef, J.M.; Hostetler, S.W.; Luce, C.H.; Dunham, J.B.; Kershner, J.L.; Roper, B.B.; Nagel, D.E.; Chandler, G.L.; Wollrab, S.P.; Parkes, S.L.; Horan, D.L. 2016. NorWeST modeled summer stream temperature scenarios for the western U.S. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2016-0033.