Mapping the Future: Introduction, UC Natural Reserve System
Climate change and rising temperatures threatens ecological communities around the world. This one-hour documentary highlights multidisciplinary scientific research to study the impacts of global climate change being conducted at the NRS’s Heath and Marjorie Angelo Coast Range Reserve in northern California. Mapping the Future was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Mapping the Future: The Terrain, UC Natural Reserve System
Using laser mapping techniques, UC Berkeley professor Bill Dietrich is able to visualize the rugged terrain of Angelo Coast Range Reserve and reconstruct the history of its landforms.
Mapping the Future: The Food Web, UC Natural Reserve System
Topographic maps of Angelo Coast Range Reserve are helping UC Berkeley professor Mary Power predict which species are major players in each segment of the watershed, and how changes in conditions such as flow speeds and water temperatures will affect species interactions in the future.
Mapping the Future: The River, UC Natural Reserve System
Professor Mary Power’s studies of the Eel River food web have uncovered a unique symbiotic relationship that is key to understanding the community’s responses to shifts in tree cover.
Mapping the Future: The Meadow, UC Natural Reserve System
By mirroring predicted shifts in rainfall timing and amounts in an Angelo Coast Range Reserve meadow, researcher Blake Suttle disproves theory with a landscape-scale experiment.
Mapping the Future: The Water, UC Natural Reserve System
A hillside outfitted with groundwater sensors, sap flow meters, microclimate weather stations, and solar panels strapped to trees marks the site of the Keck HydroWatch project, where a team of UC Berkeley professors are analyzing the water cycle in unprecedented detail. Understanding how long a raindrop spends in subsurface rocks and soil before being uplifted into trees, or flowing out into streams, has tremendous implications for climate models and water management practices.
The secret life of a raindrop, KQED Quest
Explore the Earth’s “critical zone” – where rock meets life. And discover how top climate researchers are exploring the secrets within a raindrop in order to better understand how the availability of water resources changes as a result of human activities.
Angelo Coast Range Reserve, Stephanie Hwang
A center for aquatic ecology and a magnet for the study of fish, stream food webs, and forests, this northern California reserve encourages visitors to unplug and get acquainted with nature.
Migratory and resident fish, Stephanie Hwang
Should I stay or should I go? UC Berkeley grad student Stephanie Kelson seeks to pinpoint how trout decide whether to migrate to the ocean and become steelhead or mature in a river to be rainbow trout. Genetics and drought may play major roles in these life history choices.
Food webs, Stephanie Hwang
Hirono Umi is finding that tributaries are popular nurseries for aquatic insects like mayflies and caddisflies. As adults, these arthropods go on to supplement the food web in nearby mainstem streams.