Please join us for a tour of the Sierra Nevada headwaters guided by researchers from the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory, UC Water, and USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station.
This tour will follow water from sky to stream in the Sierra National Forest, in the headwaters of the Kings River watershed. We will tour an array of instruments monitoring several components of the water cycle-- including meteorology, snowpack, streamflow, soil moisture, and vegetation water use.
Two-thirds of California's water comes from the Sierra Nevada. The importance of this water's quantity and quality is vital to the prosperity of California's communities and economies.
Measurements of water contained in the snow, soil, streams, and vegetation in the Sierra Nevada headwaters can provide critical information for water and forest management decisions across the state. This tour is ideal for resource managers and researchers interested in water accounting, dam release timings, integrated surface- and groundwater management planning, and forest health monitoring. Feel free to forward this event invitation to any colleagues who may also be interested.
Hundreds of instruments and sensors have been deployed in the primary SSCZO research site of the Providence Creek watershed as well as in Wolverton basin. Additional SSCZO flux towers and instruments have also been installed at the San Joaquin Experimental Range, Soaproot Saddle, and Short Hair Creek.
Explore more photos of the intstuments and sensors used by SSCZO.