Friday, September 27, 2013

Capturing pre- and post-burn imagery in "gigapixels"

UC Davis has done it again, this time with "gigapixel" imagery of the Clavey River confluence, before and after the Rim Fire.  A gigapixel image contains more than 100 times the information captured by a typical 10 megapixel digital camera.  Gigapixel imagery is a product of NASA, Google, and Carnegie Mellon University efforts to develop imaging technologies for NASA Mars rovers.  The technique has been used in Yosemite Valley to document rockfall hazards, and as UC Davis has illustrated, gigapixel imagery has potential for broad application in watershed and river management to document changing landscapes over time.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

UC Davis travels to the bottom of the Rim Fire

Several UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences staff received permission from the Stanislaus National Forest to hike into the mainstem Tuolumne River near the Clavey River confluence to investigate the fate of river monitoring gear after the Rim Fire.  Here's what they found.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall stakeholder meeting

Quick note: the Fall 2013 meeting of the Upper Tuolumne River Stakeholder Group will take place on October 18th in Moccasin.  An agenda is currently being developed.  If you'd like to attend, RSVP to

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Southern Sierra Fire and Hydroclimate Workshop

The Southern Sierra Fire and Hydroclimate Workshop is scheduled for October 1-4, 2013 at the Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite Valley.  This event combines, for the first time, the annual Yosemite Hydroclimate workshop and the Wildland Fire Science workshop.  The workshop focuses on an integrated view of the physical landscape, climate effects, hydrology, and fire regimes of the Sierra Nevada.   Given the recent Rim Fire, which burned portions of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, this and future workshops should provide a useful forum for tracking fire science efforts in the coming years.   More information and registration details can be found here.