Willamette INFEWS is funded by the National Science Foundation program: Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems. The project focuses on the Willamette River Basin, Oregon, a watershed with diverse land use and a history of intensive study and integrated modeling. Within the context of this basin, this project asks: What are the tradeoffs and adaptation pathways that will help us satisfy competing ecological demands while also securing food, water and energy for a growing population? The project is led by Oregon State University and involves collaborators from the University of Oregon, The University of Nevada-Reno, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of California-Davis, Freie Universitat Berlin, and Alpine Environmental LLC. It is a five-year project that began in August 2017 and will end in July 2022. Nolin and PhD student Mikey Johnson are working on Hypothesis 1: Forest management strategies that address the combined effects of forest canopy density, gap size, winter temperature, and elevation can improve snowpack accumulation and retention, thereby increasing water yields for agriculture and decreasing the requirement for costly and energy-intensive forest fire suppression.
Burned forest with dirty snow
Patch clear cuts in the Oregon Cascades