Stream Temperature & Climate Change: Observed Patterns & Key Uncertainties

Fly fisherman in a stream

Stream temperature measurements indicate that streams are warming in response to climate change. However more data are needed to accurately predict stream temperature changes for the future, and their biological implications.

Dan Isaak
USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

Producer - Michael Furniss
Videography - Freshwaters Illustrated
Technical production - Jeffrey Guntle

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Stream temperature's importance for aquatic species survival, growth, distribution and reproduction.

Empirical data that show stream warming in response to climate change.

The need for more full-year, long-term stream monitoring data to better understand how climate will affect future stream temperatures.

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