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Research Project: Creating New Decision-support Management Strategies to Help Diverse Forest Land-owners in California Cope with Drought and Climate Change

Location: Crops Pathology and Genetics Research

Project Number: 2032-21220-006-38-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2016
End Date: Dec 31, 2018

Objective:
Contribute to an ongoing remote sensing study investigating whether management practices can promote drought resistance in Sierra Nevada forests.

Approach:
Using data from the past three years of California's ongoing severe drought as a natural experiment to answer the question: Do trees in managed areas show greater drought resilience than trees in control areas? Expand the areas of analysis to include prescribed burns and thinning treatments across the region, where remote sensing data are available. Use ground-based water potential measurements taken concurrently with the remote sensing to sample actual water potential with the remote imagery and the standard measurements used by plant physiologists.