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Selected achievements, science directions, and new opportunities for the WEBB Small Watershed Research ProgramAuthor(s): Pierre D. Glynn; Matthew C. Larsen; Earl A. Greene; Heather L. Buss; David W. Clow; Randall J. Hunt; M. Alisa Mast; Sheila F. Murphy; Norman E. Peters; Stephen D. Sebestyen; James B. Shanley; John F. Walker
Source: In: Webb, R.M.T.; Semmens, D.J., eds. Planning for an uncertain future--monitoring, integration, and adaptation. Proceedings of the third interagency conference on research in the watersheds. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5049: 39-52.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionOver nearly two decades, the Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB) small watershed research program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has documented how water and solute fluxes, nutrient, carbon, and mercury dynamics, and weathering and sediment transport respond to natural and humancaused drivers, including climate, climate change, and atmospheric deposition. Together with a continued and increasing focus on the effects of climate change, more investigations are needed that examine ecological effects (e.g., evapotranspiration, nutrient uptake) and responses (e.g., species abundances, biodiversity) that are coupled with the physical and chemical processes historically observed in the WEBB program. Greater use of remote sensing, geographic modeling, and habitat/watershed modeling tools is needed, as is closer integration with the USGS-led National Phenology Network. Better understanding of process and system response times is needed.
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CitationGlynn, Pierre D.; Larsen, Matthew C.; Greene, Earl A.; Buss, Heather L.; Clow, David W.; Hunt, Randall J.; Mast, M. Alisa; Murphy, Sheila F.; Peters, Norman E.; Sebestyen, Stephen D.; Shanley, James B.; Walker, John F. 2009. Selected achievements, science directions, and new opportunities for the WEBB Small Watershed Research Program. In: Webb, R.M.T.; Semmens, D.J., eds. Planning for an uncertain future--monitoring, integration, and adaptation. Proceedings of the third interagency conference on research in the watersheds. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5049: 39-52.
Keywordsbiogeochemistry, climate, ecohydrology, ecosystem indicators, ecosystem services, experimental forests, experimental watersheds, LTER, WEBB
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