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A Protocol to Enhance Year-Round Stream Temperature Monitoring

In this online presentation and accompanying video tutorial, RMRS fisheries biologists Dan Isaak, Dona Horan, and Sherry Wollrab present “A Simple Method Using Underwater Epoxy to Install Temperature Sensors in Mountain Streams.” The presentation sets the context for why stream temperature monitoring is important, and what it can reveal in terms of habitat suitability for aquatic organisms, climate change impacts, and more. The video serves as a step-by-step “how to” guide for actually affixing the sensors.

Whereas previous research efforts have mostly only garnered stream temperature data in summer months, this new protocol – essentially a more effective and accurate method of gluing high-end temperature sensors to rocks in mountain streams – allows scientists to gather year-round temperature data and is helping to build a very comprehensive stream temperature database.

Presentations

A Simple Method Using Underwater Epoxy to Install Temperature Sensors in Mountain Streams

Transcript

Tutorial

Researchers

Dan Isaak, Fisheries Biologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Dona Horan, Fisheries Biologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Sherry Wollrab, Fisheries Biologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Additional Materials

Visit Stream Temperature Modeling and Monitoring for more information about RMRS research in this area.