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Helen Chen

Graduate student, degree program: PhD
Department of Geography
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
USA

ychen02@geog.ucsb.edu

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I am generally interested in watershed science. My research focuses on examining storage-discharge relations to better understand the hydrologic response to a variety of environmental factors (climate variability, topography, and land use/land cover) among the Santa Barbara coastal watersheds. I apply climate variability indices (from synoptic to inter-annual scales) to explore the linkages between stream flow and rainfall patterns. In addition, I evaluate the slow-flow response to watershed storage and stream discharge patterns from different land use watersheds, and assess the effects of watershed structure (i.e. topography) on watershed storage and stream discharge patterns. Overall, my project provides an extensive understanding of the mechanism of hydrologic response processes to watershed storage conditions and helps to explain trajectories of landscape changes in the Santa Barbara coastal watershed.