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Expert Q&A: Caroline Nash

"Just how much work can we expect beaver and their dams to do for us? And under what conditions? Geologist/hydrologist Caroline Nash is part of an interdisciplinary team whose work is helping to provide just such a reality check."

Earth’s skin is an interdisciplinary laboratory

Critical-zone science has come into its own, says Gordon Grant, a hydrologist and geomorphologist with the US Forest Service in Oregon and chair of the CZO scientific steering committee. “It lifts the hood on a previously cryptic environment, revealing things that seem paradoxical,” he says.

Legacy of the Mount St. Helens 1980 eruption still defies perfect solution

A new report (Grant et al., 2017) published this summer by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) describes the complex and interrelated natural hazards—volcanic, seismic, and hydrologic—and risks associated with several options to manage the water level of Spirit Lake (https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/54429). The USFS is the agency charged with management of the Mount St.

Landslides a concern following summer fires and fall rain

"Fire comes, storms come, slope instability happens. Debris flows can occur and material can move," said Gordon Grant, a Research Hydrologist for the U.S. Forest Service. (video clip!!) Images from Lancaster et al, 2001.

Portland's Bull Run drinking water unaffected as Columbia Gorge fires reach watershed

Even after hot fires that scorch the soil, rain tends to still infiltrate the ground on the western slopes of the Cascades, said Gordon Grant, a U.S. Forest Service research hydrologist.