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Climate change effects on stream and river temperatures across the northwest U.S. from 1980-2009 and implications for salmonid fishes


Isaak, D. J.; Wollrab, S.; Horan, D.; Chandler, G. 2012. Climate change effects on stream and river temperatures across the northwest U.S. from 1980-2009 and implications for salmonid fishes. Climatic Change. 113: 499-524.

doi: 10.1007/s10584-011-0326-z.

Thermal regimes in rivers and streams are fundamentally important to aquatic ecosystems and are expected to change in response to climate forcing as the Earth's temperature warms. Description and attribution of stream temperature changes are key to understanding how these ecosystems may be affected by climate change, but difficult given the rarity of long-term monitoring data. We assembled 18 temperature time-series from sites on regulated and unregulated streams in the northwest U.S. to describe historical trends from 1980-2009 and assess thermal consistency between these stream categories. Statistically significant temperature trends were detected across seven sites on unregulated streams during all seasons of the year, with a cooling trend apparent during the spring and warming trends during the summer, fall, and winter.

Keywords: climate change, stream and river temperatures, thermal regimes, aquatic ecosystems


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Climate change effects on stream and river temperatures across the northwest U.S. from 1980-2009 and implications for salmonid fishes
Electronic Publish Date: December 28, 2011
Last Update:
February 6, 2013

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