Previous research by Ulids Silins of the University of Alberta suggests that wildfire disturbance has a smaller hydrologic impact than expected. One hypothesis is that the groundwater/ surfacewater interactions in the eastern slopes is the cause of this muted response to change. This project will put that idea to the test.
This is one part of the larger multidisciplinary Southern Rockies Watershed Project (SRWP), which is investigating the impact of different harvest treatments. It has implications for predicting the effects of disturbance in the eastern slopes.