Xiaoli Chen (Homepage)

Graduate student, degree program: PhD
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131

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I’m a modeler and I’m interested at the nitrate exporting from the coastal mountain areas to the ocean. This nitrate flux is an important nutrient source for the kelp forests. In steep semi-arid areas like coastal Southern California, most nitrate export occurs during storm events. In order to better simulate the nitrate exporting during storm events, I’ve downscaled the Eco-Hydro model “RHESSys” from daily time steps into hourly time steps. The SBC-LTER has provided long-term high frequent time series data on climate, stream water flow rate and the water quality, which will greatly help set up the storm event model in high resolution, explain patterns of the nitrate concentration during storm events in different land use types and climate scenarios, and provide better understanding of the nutrient source for coastal kelp forests.