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Challenges of Drought, Wildfire & Flood in Colorado

Three guest scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey discuss drought, wildfire, and flooding in Colorado. Using Colorado’s Boulder Creek Watershed as an example, the panel reviews and evaluates the interactions between these natural disasters, especially in the context of a changing climate. Learn more about wildfire impacts on water quality and aquatic ecosystems, coupling of ecological and engineered infrastructure. Also addressed are surface water/groundwater interaction and post-wildfire hydrology.


Featured Speakers

  • Jeff Writer

    Jeff Writer, Ph.D.
    Bio hereis a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and research associate with Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at CU-Boulder. He specializes in wildfire impacts on water quality and aquatic ecosystems, coupling of ecological and engineered infrastructure, fate and transport of emerging contaminants.

  • Sheila Murphy

    Sheila Murphy
    is a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. She is the site coordinator for the Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB) program in Puerto Rico and is a Co-Investigator of the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory. She focuses on the characterization of the hydrology and water chemistry of small watersheds and how they are affected by both natural factors and disturbance.

  • Brian Ebel

    Brian Ebel, Ph.D.
    is a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and research assistant professor at Colorado School of Mines. He specializes in unsaturated flow and soil physics, surface water/groundwater interaction, hillslope hydrology and runoff generation, near-surface hydrologic response simulation, landslide and debris flow initiation, preferential flow, quantitative model performance evaluation, and post-wildfire hydrology.

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The Climate Conservations webinar series was co-funded by Learn More About Climate, a program of the University of Colorado Boulder Office for University Outreach, and by the NASA-funded Inspiring Climate Education Excellence (ICEE) project.