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Stronger storms hamper ability of streams and rivers to clean up pollution

Lori Wright

Blog— Researchers use high-technology sensors to understand water quality  Freshwater streams and rivers naturally clean up some forms of pollution originating from urban and agricultural areas, but increased storm intensity reduces this ability, which underscores the need to improve the management.... more

Blending Satellite Data to Monitor Agricultural Water Use

Terri Cook, Freelance Writer

From Eos.org: Research Spotlights— A new technique that merges data gathered by multiple satellites can be used to monitor agricultural water use and improve water quality assessments around the globe. As Earth’s growing population increasingly stresses global freshwater supplies, there is mounting.... more

Urban Sewers Evolve Similarly to River Networks

Sarah Stanley, Freelance Writer

From Eos.org: 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 Eos.org: 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 Eos.org: 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 Eos.org: 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