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Chris  Surfleet

Dr. Chris Surfleet   (Graduate Coordinator)

Phone: (805) 756-2743
Office: 180-518
csurflee@calpoly.edu
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Areas of Focus

- Hydrologic Change due to Land Management

- Water Quality

- Watershed Assessment and Monitoring

- Hydrologic modeling

- Hydrologic Effects due to Climate Change

About Dr. Chris Surfleet

Dr. Chris Surfleet is a Cal Poly graduate in Forestry and Natural Resources, with a Master of Science and PhD in Forest Hydrology from Oregon State University. He has considerable experience in watershed management and research. His career as a hydrologist has spanned academic, research, private land management, and federal forest land management. His research has emphasized the hydrologic, soil erosion, and water quality effects of land management activities as well as hydrologic responses to climate change.

Currently Dr. Surfleet and Cal Poly students are studying the hydrologic response of meadow restoration, the influences of groundwater hydrology on streamflow, and hydrologic and sediment effects from forest practices through hydrologic modelling. 

Publications

Van Oosbree, G, C. Surfleet, and J.Jasbinsek. In review. Hydrology of a dry meadow encroached by conifers. Submitted to Forest Science, Sept. 18, 2016.

Louen, J. and C. Surfleet. In review. Hydrologic influences on stream temperatures in Little Creek and Scotts Creek, Santa Cruz County, California. Submitted Sept. 13, 2016. Gen. Tech. Rep. . Eureka, CA.: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Mateus, Cristina, Desiree D. Tullos, and Christopher G. Surfleet, 2014. Hydrologic Sensitivity to Climate and Land Use Changes in the Santiam River Basin, Oregon. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 1-21. DOI: 10.1111/jawr.12256

Surfleet, C., Dieterrick, D., and A. Skaugset 2014. Change detection of storm runoff and sediment yield using hydrologic models following wildfire. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44:572-581 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2013-0328

Surfleet, C., and A. Skaugset. 2013. The effect of timber harvest on summer low flows: Hinkle Creek, Oregon. West. J. Appl. For. 28(1), pp 13-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/wjaf.11-038

Surfleet, C.G., Tullos, D. 2012. Variability in effect of Climate Change on Rain-on-Snow Peak Flow Events in a Temperate Climate, Journal of Hydrology, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.11.021

Surfleet, C., A. Skaugset, and B. Dietterick. 2012. An Approach to Study the Effect of Harvest and Wildfire on Watershed Hydrology and Sediment Yield in a Coast Redwood Forest. In: Standiford, Richard B.; Weller, Theodore J.; Piirto, Douglas D.; Stuart, John D, technical coordinators. Proceedings of coast redwood forests in a changing California: A symposium for scientists and managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-238. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 675 p.

Skaugset, A., Surfleet, C., Dietterick B. and A. Simmons. 2011. The Effect of Selective Harvest on Watershed Hydrology and Sediment Yield in a Coast Redwood Forest. In: Standiford, Richard B.; Weller, Theodore J.; Piirto, Douglas D.; Stuart, John D, technical coordinators. Proceedings of coast redwood forests in a changing California: A symposium for scientists and managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-238. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 675 p.

Surfleet, C., and D. Tullos. 2012. Uncertainty assessment of hydrologic response to climate change for the Santiam River, Oregon. Hydrologic Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9485, 16 p.

Surfleet, C., Tullos, D., Chang,H., and I. Jung. 2012. Rainfall runoff modeling efforts for climate change assessment and decision making in the Pacific Northwest. J. Hydrol. 464-465, 233-248.

Skaugset, A., C. Surfleet, and J. Amann. 2011. Evaluation of erosion models for predicting forest road erosion. Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2203, Vol. 1, 3-12.

Surfleet, C., A. Skaugset, and M. Meadows. 2011. Road runoff and sediment sampling for determining road sediment yield at the watershed scale. Can. J. For. Res. 41(10):, 1970-1980

Surfleet, C., A. Skaugset, and J. McDonnell. 2010. Uncertainty assessment of forest road modeling using the distributive hydrology soil vegetation model (DHSVM). Can. J. For. Res. 40: 13971409.

Beschta, R.L., M. Pyles, A. Skaugset, and C. Surfleet. 2000. Peak flow responses to forest practices in the western cascades of Oregon, USA. Journal of Hydrology 233:102-120.

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