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Urban Sewers Evolve Similarly to River Networks

Sarah Stanley, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— Like river systems, engineered drainage networks become increasingly fractal as they grow.  Beneath city streets, sewer systems direct the flow of wastewater toward treatment plants. Sewer pipe networks also drain storm water to prevent urban flooding. These urban.... more

How stream restoration projects affect hyporheic exchange

Editor’s Highlight—   This paper presents a new modeling approach to predict the effects of stream restoration on hyporheic exchange and nutrient retention. The modeling is based on the 1D transient storage approach for downstream transport coupled to a subsurface advection component. This approach.... more

What Causes Ecological Shifts?

Kate Wheeling, Freelance Writer

Editor’s Highlight—A network approach to understanding ecosystem processes  Temporal Information Partitioning Networks (TIPNets) is an approach presented by the authors of this paper to analyze information flows within a network of interacting variables. They apply the method to data from a weather.... more

What Causes Ecological Shifts?

Kate Wheeling, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— A new information-processing framework helps researchers tease out the factors driving ecological shifts over short timescales.  Our environment is constantly changing—today faster than ever, thanks in large part to human activities. Understanding the forces and feedbacks.... more

Cosmic Ray Neutrons Reveal Mountain Snowpacks

Terri Cook, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— The first application of aboveground neutron sensing to evaluate alpine snowpacks indicates that this method can reliably detect average snow depth and water content across intermediate distances. Because of their crucial importance to regional water supplies, mountain.... more

Modeling choices about stormwater investments

Editor’s Highlight—   This paper applies game theory to examine individual landowner investment in green infrastructure stormwater control investments. Because of location-dependent drainage effects, which landowners (and where) have a large effect on overall benefits and the cost effectiveness of alternative.... more

Examining the drivers of variations in snow accumulation and depth

Editor’s Highlight—   This paper explores the main topographic and vegetation drivers for variations in snow accumulation and snow depth. Using LiDAR data from five sites in the western USA, representing a broad range of terrain and land cover conditions, the authors use standard statistical methods.... more

Deciphering Deluges

Sarah Witman, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— New modeling approach reexamines two key assumptions about flooding.  For the last century, the U.S. Geological Survey, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and others have collected data on flooding activity to assess damage and help predict future events. Accurately.... more

Improving Water Resources Management from the Ground Up

Sarah Witman, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— The key to sustainable water resource management isn’t satellite technology yet—it’s a new spin on time-tested rain and stream gauges. We might not always think about it, but the water that quenches our thirst, flushes away our waste, waters our lawns—and so much.... more

Toward a better understanding of high mountain lakes

Editor’s Highlight—   Size, morphometry, depth, volume, and catchment/surface ratio are basic parameters for any limnological study, thus a new approach for how to infer such data from other sources is useful for the assessment of the role of freshwater bodies with respect to productivity or biodiversity..... more