Quantification of structural legacy effects via synthesis of long-term records and eco-hydrologic modeling
Structural legacy effects impose fundamental controls on the function and evolution of ecosystems. However, many events imparting structural legacy effects occurred long before routine monitoring of environmental conditions began. Long-term ecological research sites provide some of our best opportunities to reconstruct quantitative estimates of these effects, given the extended and comprehensive data collection.
This workshop will be organized around an interactive modeling session, using the hillslope-scale eco-hydrological model, tRIBS-VEGGIE and scenarios generated from known, prominent legacy effects at LTER network sites. Participants will be solicited for input before the ASM and, if possible, renderings of relevant scenarios from their suggestions will be generated for discussion during the workshop.
In addition, "generic" hillslope models will be available for examination of questions arising from workshop discussion. These discussions will form the nucleus of proposals for cross-site collaborations quantifying structural legacy effects and exploring the implications.