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    Author(s): Leslie Reid; Jack Lewis
    Date: 2011
    Source: Proceedings of the Fourth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds: Observing, studying, and managing for change. Fairbanks, AK, 26 Sept - 30 Sept 2011. US Geological Survey
    Publication Series: Other
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    Comparisons based on pretreatment calibrations between summer flows and antecedent precipitation indices (APIs) at the Caspar Creek Experimental Watersheds show increased dry-season flow for 8 yr after selective logging, followed by at least 27 yr of depressed flow. In contrast, summer flow in a partially clearcut watershed remained higher than expected for 18 yr after logging. The API-based models were used to evaluate the effects of selected climate change scenarios when combined with logging-related hydrologic changes, with the effects assumed to act independently. Changes in rainfall late in the wet season have a disproportionate effect on dry-season flows, while autumn rains have little effect.

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    Reid, L.M.; Lewis, J. 2011. Evaluating cumulative effects of logging and potential climate change on dry-season flow in a coast redwood forest. Proceedings of the Fourth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds: Observing, studying, and managing for change. Fairbanks, AK, 26 Sept - 30 Sept 2011. US Geological Survey.

    Keywords

    logging, climate change, streamflow, forestry

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