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Climate change and wildfires: effects on stream temperatures and thermal habitat

Posted date: December 04, 2014
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Authors: Isaak, Daniel J.;
Document type: Briefing Papers


Temperature has an important influence on the distribution and abundance of stream organisms. A warming climate is expected to increase stream temperatures, but documentation of such increases is rare and usually limited to trend monitoring at only a few sites. Broader understanding of climate effects on thermal characteristics of streams is needed to inform management strategies, but developing this understanding requires modeling techniques that provide valid interpolations between temperature measurement sites. Widespread use of digital temperature loggers provides abundant data in many places that may facilitate development of broad stream temperature models.

More Information:

The Stream Temperature Modeling and Monitoring website provides links to stream temperature resources.

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