Groundwater Availability and Plant Phenology in Sagehen Basin
The overarching project investigates the drivers of near-surface groundwater availability in wet meadow ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada. It combines field study and remote sensing data analysis, building upon studies and instrumentation at UC’s Sagehen Field Station by the Kondolf Lab. This summer, I will be continuing fieldwork, monitoring groundwater levels in established well transects, and working to process a combined set of satellite and phenocam imagery. The high resolution satellite imagery will be processed in a time series analysis looking at the phenology of a number of defined plant groups in the meadow system. Paired with an analogous processing of the phenocam imagery, this work will provide insight into plant phenological response to localized near-surface groundwater variability.