Tuesday, March 29, 2011

QUEST Goes to Japan

The first international QUEST workshop will take place in Japan from June 9 – July 3, 2011.
Ruth Yanai will collaborate with Japanese researchers from Kyoto University, Kyushu University, and Tokyo University, sponsored by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

Yanai and American colleagues will be working with Naoko Tokuchi and Massaki Chiwa in a collaboration using data from the Wakayama Forest Research Station, which is a long-term study site monitored by the Field Science Education and Research Center of Kyoto University. The project will compare the sources of uncertainty in hydrologic outputs of water and solutes  at Wakayama, Hubbard Brook, and Coweeta.  The sources of uncertainty to be considered include the measurement of discharge rates and solute chemistry, the selection of models to estimate annual solute export, the measurement of catchment area, and spatial variation in replicated headwater catchments.

Workshop meetings will take place at 11 a.m. local time, 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time, and will address topics defined by the sources of uncertainty listed above. 

June 13            Compare sites (without uncertainty)
June 14            Discharge uncertainty
June 15            Model selection (define variables to include in predictive model)
June 16            Analytical uncertainty
June 20            Watershed delineation
June 23            Results: Analytical uncertainty
June 24            Results: Discharge uncertainty
June 27            Results: Watershed delineation
June 28            Results: Model selection
June 29            Results: Weekly vs. Monthly sampling
June 30            Final Results and plan for the future (just in case we didn't write the whole paper in 3 weeks)

Please join us on Skype, or join us in Japan!  (Kyoto or Tokyo, depending on the date)
Scheduling is subject to change without notice, please check with Ruth Yanai rdyanai@syr.edu if you have any questions.

Friday, March 25, 2011

QUEST workshop a success!

On March 14-15 2011, fifteen researchers met in Boston MA to make a plan for quantifying uncertainty in hydrological input/output budgets in several long-term research sites around the country.

We made a lot of progress on developing plans for analyses to inform future papers, presentations, and posters at a variety of meetings in the coming year.

For meeting notes, please visit the Google Docs catalog (password protected) .

Monday, March 7, 2011