Projects

Alternative Futures Modeling to Predict Water Availability

Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflict

Characterizing Drivers of Urban Growth

Agricultural Decisions and Future Water Use

Developing a Framework for Stakeholder Characterization


Alternative Futures Modeling to Predict Water Availability in the Treasure Valley, Idaho

Synoptic: Using an integrative, agent-based modeling approach, we are exploring how the twin stresses of climate change and increased population will influence water use and availability for the Treasure Valley into the Future. With down-scaled climate change projections and anticipated population growth, we are conducting simulations of hydrological processes governing water behavior through the year 2100. The model explicitly integrated both physical processes (like evaporation and precipitation) with human influences like irrigation and policies dictating water allocation and land use. This effort will produce plausible scenarios of water use and availability and enable stakeholders to make the better decisions now to prepare for the future.

Researchers: Bangshuai Han, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Lejo Flores, Professor, Department of Geosciences

Support and Partners: National Science Foundation, Idaho EPSCoR Grant; Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (Compass).

Contact/Learn More: Lejo Flores

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Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflict

Synoptic: With increasing recreational activities on our landscapes, there is a potential to adversely impact our natural resources. In this project, we are studying how off-road vehicle recreationist activities impact eagles nesting in the Owyhee Mountains. We are studying how recreationists travel through the landscape and how nesting eagles respond to those activities. By taking an integrative approach to studying this coupled human-natural system, we are gaining insight into how to better manage our natural resources in a way that optimizes the benefit to both humans and the environment.

Researchers: Eric Frey, M.S. student; Ben Pauli, Visiting Assistant Professor; Kathryn Demps, Associate Professor, Anthropology; Julie Heath, Professor, Biology.

Support and Partners: National Science Foundation, Idaho EPSCoR Grant; US Department of Land Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Geological Survey; Idaho State ATV Association.

Contact/Learn More: Kathryn Demps, Watch a Idaho Public Television Video.

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Characterizing the Drivers of Urban Growth, Treasure Valley Idaho

Synoptic: In this project, we are conducting an analysis of historical urban growth in the Treasure Valley. Using historical land use and census data, we are mathematically characterizing how growth has occurred to identify key variables that predict how growth may occur into the future. This information can inform the urban planning process so that decision makers can make the best decisions now to support a prosperous and sustainable future.

Researchers: Khila Dahal, Post-Doctoral Fellow; Eric Lindquist, Director Public Policy Research Center

Support and Partners: National Science Foundation, Idaho EPSCoR Grant; Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (Compass).

Contact/Learn More: Eric Lindquist

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Agricultural Decisions and Future Water Use, Treasure Valley Idaho

Synoptic: In many water stressed areas of the world, the primary consumptive use of water is agricultural production. The decisions farmers make regarding what they grow on the landscape strongly influences how much water they consume. In this project, we are developing an integrative model of water use that includes the stressors of climate and land use change with farm-level crop choice decisions. This model will help better predict how we will use water into the future and how decisions we make will impact that future.

Researchers: Andrea Leonard, M.S. Graduate Student; Lejo Flores, Associate Professor, Geosciences

Support and Partners: National Science Foundation, Idaho EPSCoR Grant.

Contact/Learn More: Lejo Flores

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Developing a Framework for Stakeholder Characterization

Synoptic: There is often confusion about what the term ‘stakeholder’ means in the context of natural resource management. In this project, we are developing a framework for classifying stakeholders and their relationship to natural resource decision making. We will conduct a categorical analysis of stakeholders in practice, evaluate the policy literature and empirical research to assess different stakeholder categorical approaches. This work will provide a framework to engage stakeholders more effectively so that their views can inform management decisions.

Researchers: Jared Talley, M.P.A Graduate Student; Jen Schnieder, Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration; Eric Lindquist, Director Public Policy Research Center

Support and Partners: National Science Foundation, Idaho EPSCoR Grant.

Contact/Learn More: Jen Schnieder

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