The Future of Streams: Using Air Temperature to Model Stream Warming

 

Cosby_Creek_TN_STomlinson_USGS.jpgStream temperatures affect the health of aquatic animals as well as many other biological and ecological processes. However, finding out whether – or how much – streams are warming has been difficult, as long-term temperature data does not exist for many waterways. A new Southern Research Station-led study supported by the Eastern Threat Center shows that long-term historic air temperature data can be coupled with short-term stream temperature to predict future warming in streams. Read more in CompassLive...

Pictured: Researchers estimated historical and future changes in stream temperature and predicted that streams in the Appalachian ecoregion are among the most vulnerable to climate change. Photo by Stewart Tomlinson, US Geological Survey.

 

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