Watershed responses to forest practices studied

transport more sediment and alter the stream channels," Wigmosta said. "All of these factors have the potential to affect fish habitat."

GISWA is an updated version of a watershed model Wigmosta developed during his DOE-funded postgraduate work at the University of Washington in the early 1990s. The original model, called Distributed Hydrology-Soil-Vegetation Model, showed how climate change could effect hydrology and water resources.

In 1998, Pacific Northwest researchers integrated their version of the distributed watershed model with a version from the University of Washington. Then they incorporated a GIS-based modeling system and data on logging road networks and stream channels. In 1999, Pacific Northwest researchers began developing graphical user interfaces and preparing a user's manual. NCASI is expected to test the latest version in the next year then evaluate it for potential use by the forest industry.

Pacific Northwest also is applying GISWA, in conjunction with a regional climate model, to address climate issues in the United States and China.


Contact: Staci Maloof
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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