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Research Project: Assessment, Conservation and Management of Rangelands in Transition

Location: Watershed Management Research

Title: Using weather data in land treatment decisions

Author
item Hardegree, Stuart
item Boehm, Alex
item Moffet, Corey
item Abatzoglou, John - University Of Idaho
item Sheley, Roger
item Brunson, Mark - Utah State University

Submitted to: Society of Range Management
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/15/2017
Publication Date: 2/1/2018
Citation: Hardegree, S.P., Boehm, A.R., Moffet, C., Abatzoglou, J., Sheley, R.L., Brunson, M. 2018. Using weather data in land treatment decisions [abstract]. Society of Range Management.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Access and interpretation of weather data for natural resource applications is often problematic. Weather stations in the western US are relatively sparse, local weather conditions vary significantly as a function of topography and elevation, and temperature and water availability for plants is affected by both landscape placement and soil type. Western rangelands are also subject to high annual and seasonal variability in the pattern and magnitude of thermal and precipitation events relative to the life cycle requirements of both desirable perennial plants and annual weeds. We discuss the availability and interpretation of site-specific weather data in the western US, the quantitative relationship between localized site conditions and ecological resistance/resilience, and the implications of weather-centric planning to Ecologically-Based Invasive Plant Management.