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The intent of the Climate-Aquatics Blog is to provide a means for the field biologists, hydrologists, students, managers, and researchers to more broadly and rapidly discuss topical issues associated with aquatic ecosystems and climate change. Messages periodically posted to this blog will highlight peer-reviewed research and science tools that may be useful in addressing this global phenomenon. A forum for group discussions of these tools and new scientific findings has been set up as a Google Group (instructions for joining). Here, we’ve stored the text of the original Blog posts, supporting graphics, and peer-reviewed articles because the latter cannot be uploaded to the Google Group.
Many of the ideas for blog postings have their roots in studies conducted across the Rocky Mountain region of the western US, but attempts will be made to present topics & tools in ways that highlight their broader global relevance. Moreover, it is acknowledged that the studies, tools, and techniques highlighted in these missives are by no means the only, or perhaps even the best, science products in existence on particular topics, so the hope is that this discussion group engages others doing, or interested in, similar work and that healthy debates & information exchanges will occur to facilitate the rapid dissemination of knowledge among those most passionate about climate change and it's effects on aquatic ecosystems.
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Previous Blog Posts…
Blog #1: Climate-aquatics workshop science presentations available online
Blog #2: A new climate-aquatics synthesis report
Climate-Aquatics Thermal Module
Blog #3: Underwater epoxy technique for full-year stream temperature monitoring
Blog #4: A Google Map Tool for Interagency Coordination of Regional Stream Temperature Monitoring
Blog #5: Massive Air & Stream Sensor Networks for Ecologically Relevant Climate Downscaling
Blog #6: Thoughts on monitoring air temperatures in complex, forested terrain
Blog #7: Accurate downscaling of climate change effects on river network temperatures through use of inter-agency temperature databases and application of new spatial statistical stream models
Blog #8: Thoughts on monitoring designs for temperature sensor networks across river and stream basins
Blog #9: Assessing climate sensitivity of aquatic habitats by direct measurement of stream & air temperatures
Blog #10: Long-term monitoring shows climate change effects on river & stream temperatures
Blog #11: Long-term monitoring shows climate change effects on lake temperatures
Blog #12: Climate Trends & Climate Cycles & Weather Weirdness
Blog #13: Tools For Visualizing Local Historical Climate Trends ("Making Climate Change Real")
Blog #14: Leveraging Short-Term Stream Temperature Records to Describe Long-Term Trends ("Is 10 Years of Stream Temperature Monitoring Enough to Predict 100 Years of Change?")
Blog #15: Wildfire and Riparian Vegetation Change as the Wildcards in the Climate Warming of Streams ("Riparian Vegetation Change as an
Blog #23: New Studies Describe Historic & Future Rates of Warming in Northwest US Streams - Climate’s Cooking Along in Northwest U.S. Streams…
Blog #24: NoRRTN: An Inexpensive Regional River Temperature Monitoring Network - How $50,000 = 1,000 years of river temperature measurements (& informs us about 20,000 years)
Blog #25 NorWeST_A Massive Regional Stream Temperature Database - Lucky region “finds” $10,000,000 of useful data lying around
Blog #26: Mapping Thermal Heterogeneity & Climate in Riverine Environments - Pictures really are worth a thousand words, which is why maps are powerful tools…
Blog #40: Crowd-sourcing a BIG DATA regional stream temperature model for high-resolution climate vulnerability assessments
Climate-Aquatics Hydrology Module
Blog #16: Shrinking Snowpacks Across the Western US Associated with Climatic Change ("Why the quality of the ski season may ultimately matter for fish')
Blog #17: Advances in Stream Flow Runoff and Changing Flood Risks Across the Western US ("It’s the same but different. Why context matters for stream responses to climate change")
Blog #18: Climate Change & Observed Trends Toward Lower Summer Flows in the Northwest US ("The neighborhood’s getting more crowded these days')
Blog # 19: Groundwater Mediation of Stream Flow Responses to Climate Change ("Squeezing water from rocks and why fish care")
Blog #20: GIS Tools For Mapping Flow Responses of Western US Streams to Climate Change ("GIS tools for mapping streamflow responses to climate change across the western U.S.")
Blog #21: More discharge data to address more hydroclimate questions ("Lots more to know regarding the flow")
Blog #22: Climate Change Effects on Sediment Delivery to Channels ("Climate change effects on sediment delivery to channels - Climate Affects Everything, Even The Way a Stream Looks")
Climate-Aquatics Cool Stuff Module
Blog #27: Part 1, Spatial Statistical Models for Stream Networks: Context & Conceptual Foundations - Having the right tools is a good thing…
Blog #28: Part 2, Spatial Statistical Models for Stream Networks: Applications and Inference - Using the right tools is even better…
Blog #29: Part 3, Spatial statistical models for stream networks: Freeware tools for model implementation - Being given the right tools for free is the best...
Blog #30: Recording & Mapping Earth’s stream biodiversity from genetic samples of critters - Justifying stream fish electricity rodeos
Climate-Aquatics Biology Module
Blog #31: Global Trends in Species Shifts Caused by Climate Change
Blog #32: Empirical evidence of fish phenology shifts related to climate change - Are Fish Like Flowers?
Blog #33: Part 1, Fish distribution shifts from climate change: Predicted patterns - The Sky is Falling!...(maybe?)
Blog #34: Part 2, Fish distribution shifts from climate change: Empirical evidence for range contractions - Biological evidence of fish skies falling is almost nonexistent…
Blog #35: Part 3, Fish distribution shifts from climate change: Empirical evidence for range expansions - Are cold fish basking in balmy new habitats somewhere
Blog #36: The “velocity” of climate change in rivers & streams If it’s steep, it will slow the creep…
Blog #37: Part 1, Monitoring to detect climate effects on fish distributions: Sampling design and length of time.
What will it take?
Blog #38: Part 2, Monitoring to detect climate effects on fish: Resurveys of historical stream transects - A “work-around” solution to time travel
Blog #39: Part 3, Monitoring to detect climate effects on fish distributions: BIG DATA regional resurveys
Blog #41: Part 1, Mechanisms of change in fish populations: Patterns in common trend monitoring data
Blog #42: BREAKING ALERT! New study confirms broad-scale fish distribution shifts associated with climate change
Climate-Aquatics Management Module
Instructions for joining the Climatic-Aquatics group discussion:
Click the Climatic-Aquatics group discussion link and you will be able to see the discussion thread text.
To post comments and read those of others, however, you'll first have to join the Climate-Aquatics Group (you'll only have to do this the first time).
To join, follow these steps:
1) on the right side of the page, click on "Join this group"
2) Create your account information with Google user name & password,
3) Add your "nickname",
4) Pick one of the four available options for how you'll read this group (I'd advise against the bottom one that sends a new email every time a comment is added to a discussion thread),
5) Select "Join this group" at the bottom of the page, and
6) Click on the discussion topic hyperlink and you should now be able to post comments to the discussion thread.
ESRI ArcGIS Rescources Blog - SSN and STARS: Tools for Spatial Statistical Modeling on Stream Networks
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