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Cliff Hupp

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Dr. Cliff R. Hupp is the Lead Scientist of the Vegetation and Hydrogeomorphology Project of the U.S. Geological Survey, National Research Program in Reston, Virginia, where he has been since 1978. Presently, he is the Research Advisor for the Geomorphology and Sediment Transport Group. He has investigated fluvial geomorphology and riparian vegetation ecology in relation to landforms and hydrologic processes for 33 years. Additional research includes studies on forested wetland biogeochemistry, channel evolution, floodplain processes and forms, sedimentation dynamics, and carbon sequestration in riparian ecosystems in the U.S. and Europe.



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Hupp, C.R., Noe, G.B., Schenk, E.R., and Benthem, A.J., 2013. Recent and historic sediment dynamics along Difficult Run, a suburban Virginia Piedmont stream. Geomorphology 180-181:156-169. [Download File]

Noe, G.B., Hupp, C.R., and Rybicki, N.R. 2013. Hydrogeomorphology influences soil nitrogen and phosphorus mineralization in floodplain wetlands. Ecosystems 16:75-94. [Download File]

King, S.L., Battaglia, L.L., Hupp, C.R., Keim, R.F., Lockaby, B.G. 2012. Floodplain wetlands of the southeastern Coastal Plain. Pages 253-266, In: Batzer, D. and Baldwin, A. eds. Wetland Habitats of North America: Ecology and Conservation Concerns, Univ. of California Press, Berkely, 389 p.

Osterkamp, W.R., Hupp, C.R., and Stoffel, Markus. 2012. The interactions between vegetation and erosion: new directions for research at the interface of ecology and geomorphology. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms DOI:10.1002/esp.2173.

Schenk, E.R., Hupp, C.R., and Gellis, A.C. 2012. Sediment dynamics in the restored reach of the Kissimmee River Basin, Florida: a vast sub-tropical riparian wetland. River Research and Applications 28:1753-1767.

Schenk, E.R. Hupp, C.R., Gellis, A.C., and Noe, G.B. 2012. Developing a new stream metric for comparing stream function using a bank-floodplain budget: a case study of three Piedmont streams. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms DOI:10.1002/esp.3314 [Download File]

Curtis, J.A., Flint, L.E. and Hupp, C.R. 2012. Estimating floodplain sedimentatoin in Laguna de Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA. Wetlands DOI: 10.1007/s13157-012-0350-4. [Download File]

Noe, G.B., Krauss, K.W., Lockaby, B.G., Conner, W.H., Hupp, C.R. 2012. The effect of increasing salinity and forest mortality on soil nitrogen and phosphorus mineralizatoin in tidal freshwater wetlands. Biogeochemistry DOI: 10.1007/s10533-012-9805-1. [Download File]

Moulin, B., Schenk, E.R., and Hupp, C.R., 2011. Distribution and characterization of in-channel large wood along the low-gradient Roanoke, River NC: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 36 (9):1137-1151 [Download File]

Schenk, E.R., Hupp, C.R., and Gellis, A., 2011. Sediment dynamics in the restored reach of the Kissimmee River Basin, Florida: A vast subtropical riparian wetland: River Research and Applications DOI:10.1002/rra.1577 [Download File]

Hupp, C.R., Noe, G.B., and Schenk, E.R. 2010. Floodplains, equilibrium, and fluvial geomorphic impacts of human alterations: Proc. 2nd Joint Federal Interagency Conf., Las Vegas, NV. 12p. [Download File]

Kroes, D.E. and Hupp, C.R. 2010. The effect of channelization on floodplain sediment deposition and subsidence along the Pocomoke River, Maryland: Journal of the American Water Resources Association 46:686-699. [Download File]

Osterkamp, W.R. and Hupp, C.R. 2010. Fluvial processes and vegetation - glimpses of the past, present, and future: Geomorphology 116:274-285. [Download File]

Hupp, C.R., Pierce, A.R., and Noe, G.B. 2009. Floodplain geomorphic processes and environmental impacts of human alteration along Coastal Plain rivers, USA: Wetlands 29:413-429. [Download File]

Noe, G.B. and Hupp, C.R. 2009. Retention of riverine sediment and nutrient loads by Coastal Plain floodplains: Ecosystems 12:728-746. [Download File]

Hupp, C.R., Schenk, E.R., Richter, J.M., Peet, R.K., and Townsend, P.A. 2009. Bank erosion along the dam regulated lower Roanoke River, North Carolina: Geological Soc. of Am. Special Publication 451, p. 97-108. [Download File]

Piegay, H., Hupp, C.R., Citterio, A, Dufour, S., Moulin, B., and Walling, D.E. 2008. Spatial and temporal variability in sedimentation rates associated with cutoff channel infill deposits, Ain River, France. Water Resources Research 44:W05420, doi: 10.1029/2006WR005260. [Download File]

Hupp, C.R., Demas, C.R., Kroes, D.E., Day, R.H., and Doyle, T.W. 2008. Recent sedimentation patterns within the central Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana: Wetlands 28:125-140. [Download File]

Hupp, C.R. and Rinaldi, M. 2007. Riparian vegetation patterns and diversity in relation to fluvial landforms and channel evolution along selected rivers of Tuscany (central Italy): Annals of the American Association of Geographers 97:12-30. [Download File]

Kroes, D.E., Hupp, C.R., and Noe, G.B. 2007. Sediment, nutrient, and vegetation trends along the tidal, forested Pocomoke River, Maryland: p. 113-137, IN Conner, W.H., Doyle, T.W., and Krauss, K.W. (eds.) Ecology of Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands of the Southeastern United States, Springer, Netherlands. [Download File]

Noe, G.B. and Hupp, C.R. 2007. Seasonal variation in nutrient retention during inundation of a short-hydroperiod floodplain: River Research and Applications 23:1088-1101. [Download File]

Hupp, C.R. and Noe, G.B. 2006. Sediment and nutrient accumulation within lowland bottomland ecosystems: an example from the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana: Proc. Hydrology and Management of Forested Wetlands, Am. Soc. of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, p. 175-187. [Download File]




 

Complete List of Publications

 

Hupp, C.R. and Osterkamp, W.R. in press, Vegetation ecogeomorphology, dynamic equilibrium, and disturbance: IN Butler, D. and Hupp, C. (eds.) Ecogeomorphology, Vol. 12 Treatise in Geomorphology, Elsevier.

Schenk, E.R., Hupp, C.R., and Gellis, A.C. in press, Sediment dynamics in the restored reach of the Kissimmee River Basin, Florida: A vast sub-tropical riparian wetland: River Research and Applications.

King, S.L., Battaglia, L.L., Hupp, C.R., Keim, R.F., Lockaby, B.G. in press. Floodplain wetlands of the southeastern Coastal Plain. In: Batzer, D. and Baldwin, A. eds. Wetland Habitats of North America: Ecology and Conservation Concerns. Univ. of California Press.

Butler, D. and Hupp, C. in press. Preface to Ecogeomorphology, Vol. 12, Treatise in Geomorphology, Shroder, J., Ed. In Chief, Elsevier.

Moulin, Bertrand, Schenk, E.R., and Hupp, C.R. 2011, Distribution and characterization of in-channel large wood along the low-gradient Roanoke River, NC. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 36 (9):1137-1151.

Osterkamp, W.R., Hupp, C.R., and Stoffel, Markus. 2011. The interactions between vegetation and erosion: new directions for research at the interface of ecology and geomorphology. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms DOI: 10.1002/esp.2173.

Osterkamp, W. R. and Hupp, C.R. 2010. Fluvial processes and vegetation – glimpses of the past, present, and future: Geomorphology 116:274-285.

Schenk, E.R., Hupp, C.R., Richter, J.M., and Kroes, D.E. 2010, Bank erosion, mass wasting, water clarity, bathymetry, and a sediment budget along the dam-regulated lower Roanoke River, North Carolina: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1260, 112 p.,

Hupp, C.R. and Schenk, E.R. 2010. Kissimmee River restoration, floodplain geomorphic monitoring and results.  South Florida Water Management District, Special Report, 20 p.

Mossa, Joann., Hupp, C.R., Gellis, A.C., and Valdes, Jose. 2010. Introduction, Chapter 1: pages 3-33, IN Mossa, Joann and Valdes, Jose (eds.) Geomorphic monitoring of the Kissimmee River Restoration: 2006-2009. South Florida Water Management District, Special Report, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Schenk, E. R. and Hupp, C. R. 2010. Kissimmee River floodplain monitoring: pages 34-57, IN Mossa, Joann and Valdes, Jose (eds.) Geomorphic monitoring of the Kissimmee River Restoration: 2006-2009. South Florida Water Management District, Special Report, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Hupp, C. R., Noe, G. B., and Schenk, E. R. 2010.  Floodplains, equilibrium, and fluvial geomorphic impacts of human alterations: IN Proceedings of the 2nd Joint Federal Interagency Conference (9thFISC and 4thFIHMC), June 27-July 1, Las Vegas, Nevada. 12 p.

Schenk, E. R. and Hupp, C. R. 2010. Floodplain sediment trapping, hydraulic connectivity, and vegetation along restored reaches of the Kissimmee River, Florida:  IN Proceedings of the 2nd Joint Federal Interagency Conference (9thFISC and 4thFIHMC), June 27-July 1, Las Vegas, Nevada. 12 p.

Kroes, D.E. and Hupp, C.R., 2010.  The effect of channelization on floodplain sediment deposition and subsidence along the Pocomoke River, Maryland. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 46:686-699.

Gellis, A.C.,  Hupp, C.R., Pavich, M.J., Landwehr, J.M., Banks, W.S.L, Hubbard, B.E., Langland, M.J., Ritchie, J.C., and Reuter, J.M. 2009. Sources, Transport, and Storage of Sediment at Selected Sites in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5186, 95p.

Hupp, C.R., Schenk, E.R., Richter, J.M., Peet, R.K., and Townsend, P.A. 2009. Bank erosion along the dam regulated lower Roanoke River, North Carolina: Geological Society of America Special Publication 451, p. 97-108.

Noe, G.B. and Hupp, C.R. 2009. Retention of riverine sediment and nutrient loads by Coastal Plain floodplains.  Ecosystems 12:728-746.

Hupp, C.R., Pierce, A.R., and Noe, G.B. 2009. Floodplain geomorphic processes and environmental impacts of human alteration along Coastal Plain rivers, USA: Wetlands 29:413-429.

Schenk, E.R. and Hupp, C.R. 2009. Legacy effects of colonial millponds on floodplain sedimentation, bank erosion, and channel morphology, Mid-Atlantic, USA. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 45:597-606.

Hupp, C.R., Demas, C.R., Kroes, D.E., Day, R.H., and Doyle, T.W. 2008. Recent sedimentation patterns within the central Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana: Wetlands 28:125-140.

Piégay, H., C. R. Hupp, A. Citterio, S. Dufour, B. Moulin, and D. E. Walling (2008), Spatial and temporal variability in sedimentation rates associated with cutoff channel infill deposits: Ain River, France, Water Resources. Research. 44: W05420,doi:10.1029/2006WR005260.

Bornette, G., Tabacchi, E., Hupp, C., Puijalon, S., and Rostan, J.C. 2008. A model of plant strategies in fluvial hydrosystems: Freshwater Biology 53:1692-1705.

Hupp, C.R. and Rinaldi, M., 2007, Riparian vegetation patterns and diversity in relation to fluvial landforms and channel evolution along selected rivers of Tuscany (central Italy): Annals of the American Association of Geographers 97:12-30.

Kroes, D.E., Hupp, C.R., and Noe, G.B. 2007. Sediment, nutrient, and vegetation trends along the tidal, forested Pocomoke River, Maryland: pages 113-137, IN Conner, W.H., Doyle, T.W, and Krauss, K.W. (eds.) Ecology of Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands of the Southeastern United States. Springer, Netherlands.

Noe, G.B. and Hupp, C.R. 2007. Seasonal variation in nutrient retention during inundation of a short-hydroperiod floodplain: River Research and Applications 23:1088-1101.

Gellis, A.C., Hupp, C.R., Landwehr, J.M., and Pavich, M.J. 2007. Chapter 6: Sources and transport of sediment in the watershed: pages 28-31, IN Phillips, S.W. (ed.) Synthesis of U.S. Geological Survey Science for the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem and Implications for Environmental Management, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1316.

Hupp, C.R. and Noe, G.B., 2006, Sediment and nutrient accumulation within lowland bottomland ecosystems: An example from the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana: Proc. Hydrology and Management of Forested Wetlands, Am. Soc. of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, p. 175-187.

Hupp, C.R., Walbridge, M.R., and Lockaby, B.G., 2005, Fluvial geomorphic processes, water quality, and nutrients in Bottomland Hardwood systems: pages 37-56, IN Frederickson L.H., King, S.L, and Kaminski, R.M. (eds.) Ecology and Management of Bottomland Hardwood Systems, Univ. of Missouri, Gaylord Mem. Lab. Special Publication No. 10, Puxico.

Noe, G.B. and Hupp, C.R., 2005, Carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus accumulation in floodplains of Atlantic Coastal Plain rivers, USA: Ecological Applications 15:1178-1190.

Ross, K.M., Hupp, C.R., and Howard, A.D., 2004, Sedimentation in floodplains of selected tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay: IN Bennett, S.J and Simon, A. (eds.) Riparian Vegetation and Fluvial Geomorphology, American Geophysical Union, Water Science and Applications 8, p. 187-208.

Herman, J., Hupp, C., and Langland, M., 2003, Watershed sediment deposition and storage: pages 42-48, IN Langland, M. and Cronin, T. (eds.) A Summary Report of Sedimentation Processes in Chesapeake Bay and Watershed, Water Resources Investigations Report 03-4123.

Hupp, C.R. and Bornette, G., 2003, Vegetation, fluvial processes and landforms in temperate areas: pages 269 -288, IN Piegay, H. and Kondolf, M. (eds.), Tools in Geomorphology, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, UK.

Hupp, C.R. and Schening, M.R., 2001, Sedimentation: pages 14 -17, IN Burke, M. and Eisenbies, M. (eds.) The Coosawhatchie Bottomland Ecosystem Study, U.S. Forest Service, General Technical Report SRS-38.

Hupp, C.R., 2000, Hydrology, geomorphology, and vegetation of Coastal Plain rivers in the southeastern United States: Hydrological Processes, v. 14, p. 2991-3010.

Bendix, Jacob, and Hupp, C.R., 2000, Hydrologic and geomorphic impacts on riparian plant communities: Hydrological Processes, v. 14, p. 2977-2990.

Gurnell, A., Hupp, C., and Gregory, S., 2000, (Eds.)  Linking Hydrology and Ecology: Hydrological Process, Special Issue: Vol. 14, No. 16-17, p. 2817-3179.

Hupp, C.R., 1999, Relations among riparian vegetation, channel incision processes and forms, and large woody debris: pages 219-245, IN S.E. Darby and A. Simon (eds.) Incised River Channels, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, UK.

Hupp, C.R., 1997, Riparian vegetation, channel incision, and ecogeomorphic recovery: IN: Wang, S. et al.   (eds.)  Management of Landscapes Disturbed by Channel Incision (Invited Plenary Lecture and Chapter) University of Mississippi, Oxford, pp. 1-10.

Hupp, C.R. and Osterkamp, W.R., 1996, Riparian vegetation and fluvial geomorphic processes: Geomorphology, v. 14, p. 277-295.

Osterkamp, W.R., and Hupp, C.R., 1996, The evolution of geomorphology, ecology, and other composite sciences: IN Rhoades, B.L. and Thorn, C.E., editors, The scientific nature of geomorphology, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., p. 416-441..

Osterkamp, W.R. and Hupp, C.R., (eds.) 1996, Fluvial Geomorphology and Vegetation: Special Issue, Geomorphology, Vol. 14, No. 4, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam.

Hupp, C.R., Osterkamp, W.R., and Howard, A.D. (Eds.), 1995, Biogeomorphology—Terrestrial and Freshwater Systems. Geomorphology (Special Issue), v. 13, 347 p.

Osterkamp, W.R., Hupp, C.R., and Schening, M.R., 1995, Little River revisited—thirty-five years after Hack and Goodlett: Geomorphology, v. 13, p. 1-20.

Yanosky, T.M., Hupp, C.R., and Hackney, C.T., 1995, Chloride concentrations in growth rings of Taxodium distichum in a saltwater-intruded estuary: Ecological Applications, v. 5, p, 785-792.

Meador, M.R., Hupp, C.R., Cuffney, T.F., and Gurtz, M.E., 1994, Preliminary methods for evaluating stream habitat as part of the National Water Quality Assessemnet Program: U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 93-408.

Hupp, C.R., and Bazemore, D.E., 1993, Temporal and spatial aspects of sediment deposition in West Tennessee forested wetlands: Journal of Hydrology,  v. 141, p. 179-196.

Hupp, C.R., Woodside, M.D., and Yanosky, T.M., 1993, Sediment and trace element trapping in a forested wetland, Chickahominy River, Virginia: Wetlands,  v. 13, p. 95-104.

Simon, Andrew, and Hupp, C.R., 1992 , Geomorphic and vegetative recovery processes along modified stream channels of West Tennessee: U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 91-502.

Hupp, C.R., 1992, Riparian vegetation recovery patterns following stream channelization: A geomorphic perspective: Ecology, v. 73, no. 4, p. 1209-1226.

Hupp, C.R. and Simon, Andrew, 1991, Bank accretion and the development of vegetated depositional surfaces along modified alluvial channels: Geomorphology,  v. 4, p. 111-124.

Hupp, C.R. and Bazemore, D.E., 1991, Dendrogeomorphic analysis of wetland sedimentation: Proc. of the Fifth Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conf.,  v. 1, p. 40-47.

Bazemore, D.E., and Hupp, C.R. 1991, Flood-plain sedimentation rates near bridge crossings: Proc. of the Fifth Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conf., v. 1, p. 48-54..

Bazemore, D.E., Hupp, C. R., and Diehl, T.M., 1991, Wetland sediment deposition and vegetation patterns near selected highway crossings in West Tennessee: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigations Report 91-4106, 46 p.

 Hupp, C.R., 1990,  Vegetation patterns in relation to basin hydrogeomorphology: IN Thornes, J.B., editor, Vegetation and Erosion, proc. 1988 annual mtg,  British Geomorphic Research Group, John Wiley & Sons Ltd. London, p. 217-237.

Hupp, C.R. and Morris, E.E., 1990, A dendrogeomorphic approach to measurement of sedimentation in a forested wetland, Black Swamp, Arkansas: Wetlands,  v. 10, no. 1, p. 107-124.

Hupp, C.R. and Carey, W.P., 1990, Dendrogeomorphic approach to slope retreat, Maxey Flats, Kentucky: Geology, v. 18, no. 7, p. 658-661.

Simon, Andrew, Larsen, M.C, and Hupp, C.R., 1990, The role of soil processes in determining mechanisms of slope failure and hillslope development in a humid tropical forest, eastern Puerto Rico: Geomorphology, v. 3, p. 263-286.

Simon, Andrew, and Hupp, C.R., 1990, The recovery of alluvial systems in response to imposed channel modifications, West Tennessee: IN Thornes, J.B., editor, Vegetation and Erosion, proc. 1989 annual mtg., British Geomorphic Research Group, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., p. 145-160. 

Carey, W.P., Lyverse, M.A., and Hupp, C.R., 1990, Hillslope erosion at the Maxey Flats radioactive waste disposal site, northeastern Kentucky: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigation Report 89-4199, 38 p.

 Hupp, C.R., 1988, Plant ecological aspects of flood geomorphology and paleoflood history, IN Baker, V.R., Kochel, R.C., and Patton, P.C., eds., Flood Geomorphology:  John Wiley & Sons, New York, p. 335-356.

Hupp, C.R., 1987, Determination of bank widening and accretion rates and vegetation recovery along modified West Tennessee streams:  Proc. of the Int'l. Symp. on Ecological Aspects of Tree-Ring Analysis, DOE CONF-8608144, p. 224-233.

Hupp, C.R., 1987, Botanical evidence of floods and paleoflood history: Proc. Int'l. Symp. on Flood Frequency and Risk Analysis, V.J. Singh, (ed.), Regional Flood Frequency Analysis, Reidel Pubs. Inc., p. 355-369.

Hupp, C.R., Osterkamp, W.R., and Thornton, J.L., 1987, Dendrogeomorphic evidence and dating of recent debris flows on Mount Shasta, Northern California:  U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1396-B, 39 p.

Osterkamp, W.R., Hupp, C.R., and Blodgett, J.C., 1987, Magnitude and frequency of debris flows, and areas of hazard on Mount Shasta, Northern California:  U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1396-C.

 Simon, Andrew, and Hupp, C.R., 1987, Channel evolution in modified alluvial streams:  Proc. of the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (invited paper), Washington, D.C., January 1987.

Simon, Andrew, and Hupp, C.R., 1987, Geomorphic and vegetative recovery processes along modified Tennessee streams:  an interdisciplinary approach to disturbed fluvial systems:  Int'l. Association of Hydrologic Sciences, IAHS-AISH v. 167, p. 251-262.

 Hupp, C.R., 1986, The headward extent of fluvial landforms and associated vegetation on Massanutten Mountain, Virginia:  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 11, p. 545-555.

Hupp, C.R., 1986, Upstream variation in bottomland vegetation patterns, northwestern Virginia:  Bull. of the Torrey Botanical Club, v. 113, no. 4, p. 421-430.

Hupp, C.R., and Simon, Andrew, 1986, Vegetation and bank-slope development: Proc. 4th Fed. Interagency Sediment Conf., v. 2, sec. 5, p. 83-91.

Simon, Andrew, and Hupp, C.R., 1986, Channel evolution in modified Tennessee channels:  Proc. 4th Fed. Interagency Sediment Conf., v. 2, sec. 5, p. 71-82. 

Olson, C.G., and Hupp, C.R., 1986, Coincidence and spatial variability of geology, soils, and vegetation, Mill Run Watershed, Virginia:  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 11, p. 619-629.

Simon, Andrew, and Hupp, C.R., 1986, Channel widening characteristics and bank slope development along a reach of Cane Creek, West Tennessee: Selected Papers in the Hydrologic Sciences, U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 2290, p. 113-126.

 Hupp, C.R., and Osterkamp, W.R., 1985, Bottomland vegetation distribution along Passage Creek, Virginia, in relation to fluvial landforms: Ecology, v. 66, no. 3, p. 670-681.

Osterkamp, W.R., and Hupp, C.R., 1985, Dating and interpretation of debris flows by geologic and botanical methods at Whitney Creek Gorge, Mount Shasta, California, IN Costa, J.E., and G.R. Wieczorek, eds., Debris flows/Avalanches; Process, recognition, and mitigation: Reviews in Engineering Geology, v. 7.

 Hupp, C.R., 1984, Dendrogeomorphic evidence of debris flow frequency and magnitude at Mount Shasta, California:  Environmental Geology and Water Sciences, v. 6, no. 2, p. 121-128.

Hupp, C.R., 1984, Forest ecology and fluvial geomorphic relations in the vicinity of the Strasburg Quadrangle, Virginia:  unpublished Ph.D. Thesis,  The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 167 p. and 4 plates.

Osterkamp, W.R., and Hupp, C.R., 1984, Geomorphic and vegetative characteristics along three northern Virginia streams:  Bull. of the Geological Soc. of Am., v. 95, no. 9, p. 501-513.

Osterkamp, W.R., Carey, W.P., Hupp, C.R., and Bryan, B.A., 1984, Movement of tractive sediment from disturbed lands:  Proc. of Water for Resource Development, Hydraulics Div., Am. Soc. of Civil Engineering, p. 59-63.

Hupp, C.R., 1983, Vegetation pattern on channel features in the Passage Creek Gorge, Virginia:  Castanea, v. 48, no. 2, p. 62-72.

Hupp, C.R., 1983, Geo-botanical evidence of late Quaternary mass wasting in block field areas of Virginia:  Earth Surface Processes, v. 8, p. 439-450.

Hupp, C.R., 1983, Seedling establishment on a landslide site: Castanea, v. 48, no. 2, p. 89-98

Hupp, C.R., and Sigafoos, R.S., 1982, Plant growth and block field movement in Virginia, IN    Swanson et al., editors, Sediment Budgets and Routing in Forested Drainage Basins:  U.S. Forest Service, General Technical Report PNW-141, p. 78-85, (invited symp. proc.)

Hupp, C.R., 1982, Stream grade variation and riparian forest ecology along Passage Creek, Virginia:  Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, v. 109, no. 4, p. 488-499.

 Puckett, L.J., and Hupp, C.R., 1982, Ecological investigation of a reclaimed strip mine in Eastern Kentucky:  U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations 82-43, 30 p. 




                           

My Science Topics


Science Topic
Subtopic
Hydrologic Processeshydrology
Hydrologic Processessaltwater intrusion
Hydrologic Processessediment transport
Geologic Processeserosion
Geologic Processesgeochemistry
Geologic Processessedimentation
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentbiogeography
Ecology and Environmentecosystems
Ecology and Environmentestuarine ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentforests
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems
Ecology and Environmenthabitat alteration
Ecology and Environmentwetlands



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Climate Variability & Change

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Fluvial Hydro-Geomorphology and Riparian Vegetation Ecology

Image of Current Focus for Fluvial Hydro-Geomorphology and Riparian Vegetation Ecology

We are presently conducting basic research in four main river/stream systems: Difficult Run, VA (and other streams) as part of the Chesapeake Bay PES, the lower Roanoke River, NC, and the Atchafalaya Basin, LA. Additionally, we continue cooperative research in the Congaree National Park, SC, along tidal parts of the Waccamaw River, SC and Savannah River, GA, on the Kissimmee River, FL, and along the White River, AR. The Chesapeake Bay and Atchafalaya research is funded by USGS appropriated dollars. Other research is partly to mostly funded through reimbursable dollars; we use core funds to leverage basic research objectives in more applied efforts. Specific objectives vary according to research sites. However, in all, a primary objective is determination and interpretation of sedimentation/erosion dynamics in fluvial areas as mitigated/facilitated by woody vegetation. In many locations, the development of a sediment budget is also an objective. The Chesapeake Bay, is one of the largest and most productive (biologically) estuaries in the world. However, the Bay is threatened by numerous impacts from human land use, including sediment and associated contaminants. To answer the question, what are the short- and long-term processes that deliver sediment to the Bay estuary(s), there must, obviously, be investigation of sediment sources, transport, trapping in riparian areas (storage), and retention time along tributaries to the Bay. We have selected Difficult Run for intense study of the above, including the development of a sediment budget (notoriously difficult) and the analysis and interpretation of human impacts (urbanization and legacy sedimentation).

Our project focuses on storage (rates of sediment accumulation) and retention time of sediment and associated contaminants on floodplains. We also are beginning to look at sediment sources through isotopic ratios of suspended and deposited sediment. The mouth of the Atchafalaya Basin is the only place on the Louisiana coastline that is not eroding or suffering from “dead zone” impacts. Like the Chesapeake Bay, these lowlands are indeed the last place for sediment storage (and natural biogeochemical remediation) before reaching critical areas in either the Chesapeake Bay or in this case the Gulf of Mexico. Yet we have only scratched the surface on how these lowlands operate, for instance, how they process carbon and nutrients. What we learn at these places is certainly applicable in many places worldwide and will ultimately provide water resource managers with knowledge to make educated decisions. Recent studies have shown that coastal lowlands may be an important sink for carbon which may be stored in these systems as organic rich sediment. Our results show that the Atchafalaya Basin may, conservatively trap 4.3 billion kilograms of sediment annually of which, 435 million kilograms are organic material. Thus, globally, studies of lowland fluvial systems such as the Atchafalaya Basin may be critical towards our understanding of carbon cycling, which has direct implications for nutrient processing, marine “dead zones”, and global climate change.

The floodplain of the lower Roanoke River, NC has been the site of several studies including sedimentation impacts from legacy sources and regulated flow (dams) impacts on bank erosion and downstream deposition. Presently, we are completing a study of large wood on the river. Our objectives include the development of a detailed large-wood budget as related to variation in bank erosion, species available for input, and transport characteristics.We finished a project on the Kissimmee River to document and interpret floodplain sedimentation processes associated with efforts to return the river to its natural channel.  Our results have been published as technical reports to the South Florida Water Management District, FISC papers and one has been recently accepted as a journal article.  This work provided such an eye opening description/interpretation of floodplain processes on this valuable/important river system that the District has established a continuing project with increased funding (now on hold due funding issues).We continue efforts on the Waccamaw and Savannah Rivers to predict the impacts of sea-level rise/saltwater intrusion associated with climate change on important tidal riparian wetlands; sedimentation, biogeochemistry, and vegetation ecology. 


Professional Society Service

Association of Southeastern Biologists (1983 to present)

  • Nominations Committee (1988 to 1989)
  • Conservation Committee (1990 to 1993; Chair 1993)
  • Publication Committee (1991 to 1994, Chair 1994)
  • Executive Committee (1992 to 1995)
  • Senior Research Award Committee (2002-2004; Chair 2004)
  • Vice President (1995 to 1996)
  • Chair, several symposia

 

American Geophysical Union (intermittently since 1984)

 

Association of American Geographers, Geophemera (intermittently 1985 to present)

 

Binghamtom Geomorphology Symposia Series (1992 to 1997)

            Steering Committee (1994 to 1995)

 

British Geomorphic Research Group (1986 to present)

 

Ecological Society of America (1982 to present)

  • Chair, Vegetation and Geomorphology Symposium (1985)
  • Committee on Wetland Interests and Biodiversity (1989 to 1990)
  • Chair, Biological Aspects of Water Quality Symposium (1994)
  • Secretary, Southeastern Section (1992 to 1994)
  • SE Section, Odum Award Committee (1997 to 1999, Chair 1999)
  • W.S. Cooper Award Committee (1998 to 2000)
  • Board of Editors (1999 to 2009)

 

Geological Society of America (intermittently from 1983 to present)

 

International Geomorphology Conference, Third (1992)

  • Co-chair, Vegetation and Fluvial Landforms Symposium

 

Society of Wetland Scientists (1989 to present)

  • Co-chair, Program Committee for 2005 Annual Meeting
  • Chair, Student Travel Award (2001 to 2004)

 

Southern Appalachian Botanical Society (intermittently 1982 to present)

            Bartholomew Award Committee (1992 to 1994, Chair 1994)


Contact Information

Cliff Hupp
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20192-0002
crhupp@usgs.gov
703-648-5207
703-648-5484 - Fax
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