Hugo A. Gutiérrez-Jurado

Hugo A. Gutiérrez-Jurado
University of Texas at El Paso | UTEP · Department of Geological Sciences

Ph.D.

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June 2005 - December 2011
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Position
  • Research Assistant
January 2002 - May 2004
University of Texas at El Paso
Position
  • Research Assistant

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Publications (24)
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Solar radiation, driving land-atmosphere interactions and terrestrial carbon assimilation, varies both temporally and spatially due to surface gradient, slope aspect and vegetation shading. Here we present a double-shading transposition model (DST) for simulating temporal and spatial distribution of downwelling shortwave solar radiation. The DST mo...
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Tropical forests are among the most threatened ecosystems despite their important role in the global carbon and water cycles. In Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula (YP) hosts near to 30% of these ecosystems. We established an ecohydrological monitoring site in a relatively pristine tropical dry forest (TDF) within “El Palmar” state reserve at the northw...
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Climate change is driving an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, with alterations to the functioning of the water cycle. Global-scale assessments of shifts in the hydrologic response to climatic perturbations (i.e. hydrologic sensitivity) are needed to identify regions where mitigation efforts will be necessary to ave...
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The hydrology and productivity of the ecosystems of the Yucatan Peninsula (YP) are highly constrained by two factors: 1) the lack of surface drainage networks due to the existence of a highly permeable and connected karstic aquifer roughly the size of the peninsula, and; 2) a climatic gradient that leads to a transition from seasonally‐dry deciduou...
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Many large rivers around the world no longer flow to their deltas, due to ever greater water withdrawals and diversions for human needs. However, the importance of riparian ecosystems is drawing increasing recognition, leading to the allocation of environmental flows to restore river processes. Accurate estimates of riparian plant evapotranspiratio...
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In semiarid complex terrain, the combination of elevation and aspect promotes variations in the water and energy balance, resulting in slopes with distinct ecologic and hydrologic properties. Quantifying the differential energy and water dynamics of opposing slopes can provide essential information on the potential effects of climate variability on...
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Topography-mediated microclimates give rise to opposing hillslope ecosystems in north facing and south facing slopes of a semiarid basin in central New Mexico. It is hypothesized that large solar irradiance differences are a driving mechanism in the observed vegetation patterns. Using a distributed solar radiation model, we explore the topography–v...
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Understanding vegetation effects on hydrogeomorphic processes requires detailed studies at the catchment scale using high-resolution topographic data. We perform topographic analyses in a semiarid basin in central New Mexico with opposing north and south facing slopes. Utilizing a set of terrain metrics, we explore the impact of topographic resolut...
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Understanding the impending effects of climate change on the cycling of water and its impacts on the structure of vegetation mosaics in semi-arid landscapes is critical for land conservation practices. In semiarid areas with complex terrain, the combination of elevation and aspect promotes variations in the water and surface energy balance, resulti...
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We investigate the influence of hillslope aspect on landscape morphology in central New Mexico, where differences in soils, vegetation, and landforms are observed between mesic north-facing and xeric south-facing slopes. Slope-area and curvature-area relations, derived from a Digital Elevation Model (DEM), are used to characterize the opposing hill...
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Soil moisture distributions are expected to be closely tied to ecosystem processes in water-limited environments of the southwest United States. Nevertheless, few studies have addressed how soil moisture varies across grassland to forest transitions frequently observed in semiarid mountain settings. In this study, we quantify the vegetation control...
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1] Climate and topographic conditions in a first-order semiarid catchment in central New Mexico have given rise to opposing hillslopes characterized by different soil profile, vegetation and landform characteristics. In this study, we present the differential response of these two hillslope ecosystems to a geomorphically significant (GS) flood even...
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Relatively little is currently known about the spatiotemporal variability of land surface conditions during the North American monsoon, in particular for regions of complex topography. As a result, the role played by land-atmosphere interactions in generating convective rainfall over steep terrain and sustaining monsoon conditions is still poorly u...
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To better understand the effect of vegetation on hydrogeomorphic processes, detailed studies on terrain properties and vegetation patterns performed at the catchment scale are needed. These studies require high resolution topography data (
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Terrestrial landforms result from the complex interactions between biotic and abiotic earth surface processes forced by climate and tectonics. Understanding the coupled evolution of the physical landscape system with its biology is a fundamental problem in hydrological sciences. One efficient way to study this coupling is to quantify the difference...
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A fundamental problem in hydrologic science lies in understanding the interrelation among soil development, water and energy fluxes, and the mediating effect of vegetation in regulating the nature and extent of these processes. A semiarid basin in central New Mexico composed of three distinctive aspect slopes has been instrumented to study the ecoh...
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In semiarid complex terrain, the landscape creates spatial niches for different types of vegetation through the effects of aspect, slope and curvature on the water and energy balance at the soil surface. The ecohydrology of rangelands is defined by the interaction of soils, plants and climate occurring on a topographic surface. While these interact...
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Semiarid areas in the American Southwest face pressing water sustainability issues that are aggravated by changes in land cover, which may further affect the water cycle in the region. For example, recent drought conditions have led to widespread decreases in woodland coverage in northern Arizona and New Mexico. The majority of these areas rely on...
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The hydrometeorological conditions of mountain environments in semiarid regions are poorly understood, particularly during the North American Monsoon. Although it is well known that the climate and hydrology of mountain ranges are dynamically distinct of surrounding lowlands, little quantitative observational data has been collected to assess the s...
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This study describes the physical and biophysical characteristics of watersheds near Chihuahua City, Mexico. Natural resource assessments in which water resources play a major role are being addressed by official agencies within the Mexican government. These natural resources assessments are critical in arid regions where surface water resources ar...
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This comparative study describes the physical and biophysical characteristics of watersheds near Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA and Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico using remote sensing data sets and geographic information system (GIS) analysis. Natural resources assessments across the semiarid US-Mexico border are critical since surface water resources are...

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