OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Skaugset, Arne

Emeritus Professor

Email Address: 
Education: 

Registered Professional Forester, CA RPF #2176
Engineer-In-Training, OR

PhD, 1997, Forest Hydrology, Oregon State University
BS, 1992, Civil Engineering,  Oregon State University
MS, 1980, Forest Hydrology, Oregon State University
BS, 1977, Forest/Watershed Management,  Colorado State University

Areas of Interest: 

Pragmatic, applied solutions to environmental problems that result from the intensive management of forested terrain. Two areas of interest are the forest road system and the management of headwater watersheds. In both of these areas there is a special emphasis on the management of landslide-prone headwater watersheds.

For forest roads, research projects include the hydrology of forest roads, road/hillslope interactions, the effect of forest roads on the hydrology of watersheds, forest roads and sediment, and the engineering and design of environmentally effective drainage systems for forest roads.

For landslide-prone terrain, research projects include identifying high-hazard landslide areas, identifying mechanisms and processes that trigger landslides and how management affects them including rainfall intensity, roots, and the canopies of forest vegetation.

For headwater watersheds, research projects include investigating the downstream effects on perennial fish-bearing streams of forest management activities on upstream non-fish bearing streams including effects on flow, temperature, and sediment.

Current Programs: 
  • Propagation of harvesting related stream temperatures downstream during summer low flows in forested headwater streams
  • Attenuation of high intensity rainfall by forest vegetation
  • Hydrology of forest roads
  • The interaction of forest roads and hillslopes
  • Forest roads and watershed hydrology
  • The effect of DEM error and grid resolution on predicting landslide locations using terrain analysis and topographic indices
  • The spatial and temporal variability of rainfall and its influence on the occurrence of landslides
Courses: 
  • FE 434/534: Forest Watershed Management
  • FE 532: Forest Hydrology
  • FE 533: Forest Hydrology Lab
  • FE 536: Forest Erosion Processes
  • FOR 459: Forest Resource Planning and Decision making
Recent Publications: 

2006-2013

Elizabeth M. Toman, Arne E. Skaugset III, and Amy N. Simmons. 2013.  Calculating Discharge from Culverts under Inlet Control Using Stage at the Inlet.   Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. Posted online July 8, 2013. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000650

Surfleet, C., and A. Skaugset (2013). The effect of timber harvest on summer low flows, Hinkle Creek, Oregon. Western J. of Applied Forestry 28(1), 13-21.

Toman, E., A. Skaugset, and A. Simmons (2013). Calculating Discharge from Culverts under Inlet Control Using Stage at the Inlet. J. Irrig. Drain Eng. , 10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000650 , 06013003.

Kibler, K. M., A. Skaugset, A., L. Ganio, and M.  Huso (2013). Effect of contemporary forest harvesting practices on headwater stream temperatures: Initial response of the Hinkle Creek Catchment, Pacific Northwest, USA. Forest Ecology and Management, 310, 680.

Som, N., N. Zegre, L. Ganio and A. Skaugset  (2012). Corrected prediction intervals for change detection in paired watershed studies. Hydrological Sciences Journal – Journal Des Sciences Hydrologiques 57(1), 134-143.

Surfleet, C., A. Skaugset, and M. Meadows. 2011. Road runoff and sediment sampling for determining road sediment yield at the watershed scale. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 41(10):1970-1980

Surfleet C.G. and A.E. Skaugset. 2011. The use of recession analysis to estimate the effect of timber harvest on summer low flows in southern Oregon. Submitted to the JAWRA.

Skaugset A.E., C.G. Surfleet, M.M. Meadows and J. Amann. 2011. Evaluation of models that predict erosion from forest roads. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2203, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, C.C., pp. 3-12.

Toman E.M. and A.E. Skaugset. 2011. Reducing sediment production from forest roads during wet-weather hauling. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2203, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, C.C., pp. 13-19.

Zegre N.P., A.E. Skaugset, N.A. Som, J.J. McDonnell, and L.M. Ganio. 2010. Improved methods for detecting change using hydrology and statistical models in paired-catchment studies. Water Resources Research, VOL. 46, W11544, doi:10.1029/2009WR008601

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: 1397–1409.

Toman, E., A. Skaugset and G.E. Murphy.  2007.  An analysis of the opportunity costs with wet weather timber hauling. International Journal of Forest Engineering 18(1):17-23.

 Keim, R.F., A.E. Skaugset and M. Weiler. 2006. Storage of water on vegetation under simulated rainfall of varying intensity. Advances in Water Resources, 29(2006)974-986.

Ice, G.G., A.E. Skaugset and A.N. Simmons. 2006. Estimating areas and timberland values of riparian management on forest lands. JAWRA 42(1):115-124.

Recent Theses

Miller, Rebecca. 2014.  Influence of log truck traffic and road hydrology on sediment yield in western Oregon. MS. Oregon State University. 94 pp.

Owens, Hazel. 2013. Relationships between stream discharge and cutthroat trout abundance in multiple scales in managed headwater basins of western Oregon. MS. Oregon State University. 144 pp.

Zegre, Nicolas. 2009.  Local and downstream effects of contemporary forest harvesting on streamflow and sediment yield. PhD. Oregon State University. 164 pp.

Surfleet, Christopher. 2008. Uncertainty in forest road hydrologic modeling and catchment scale assessment of forest road sediment yield. PhD.  Oregon State University. 251 pp.

Keebler, Kelly. 2008. The influence of contemporary forest harvesting on summer stream temperatures in headwater streams of Hinkle Creek, Oregon. MS. Oregon State University. 98 pp.

Toman, Elizabeth. 2007. Reducing sediment production from forest roads during wet-weather use. PhD. Oregon State University. 175 pp.

Royer, Timothy. 2006. Scaling hydrologic impacts from road segments to a small watershed. MS. 110 pp.