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Anthropogenic Climate Change
Before researchers can evaluate anthroprogenic (human caused) change they need to establish a baseline for the system and then monitor the system as it experiences changes. The Valles Caldera is the perfect laboratory for researchers to monitor the watershed and the impacts of events that are driven by climate change. The watershed funnels into the caldera and then has one exit down the canyon and becomes part of the water supply for Albuquerque and beyond. Climate change and excessive fuel load has increased the severity of wildfires. Now, when summer monsoons come, they create a fast changing event that carries the soil and organic materials down stream and puts a strain on the system.
Video Clip from Valles Caldera: The Science
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Hyporheic Dissolved Organic Carbon Dynamics in Valles Caldera National Preserve, GSA presentation 2010-2011 Gabrielsen et al. with graph courtesy of Jesús Gomez and USGS.
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In the video, Valles Caldera: The Science, Jesús Gomez wants to know what is the effect of climate change on the Valles Caldera and other northern New Mexico environments. Jesús just completed a PhD in Earth and Environmental Science from the New Mexico Tech and he is currently working as a postdoctoral candidate for United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Virginia. Jesús used his background in chemistry, engineering and applied mathematics to measure flow and transport of the hydrologic systems. He is particularly interested in fluid mechanics, environmental chemistry, environmental tracers and watershed processes as they may relate to the changing climate. During Jesús' research in the Valles Caldera, he worked with students by directing them in the field and in the labs as a part of the NM EPSCoR field campaigns.