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Photo of Recent studies measured the distribution of carbon in pools in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. USDA Forest Service
ID: 543
Carbon Storage in Mountain Rivers Studied

Findings show that low-gradient, broad valley bottoms with old-growth forest or active beaver colonies store the majority of above- and below-gr ...

Principal Investigator : Kathleen A. Dwire

Water, Air, and Soil2013RMRS
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ID: 236
Climate Change Effects on Stream Temperature

A new temperature model developed via collaboration between researchers at the Rocky Mountain Research Station's Aquatic Sciences Laboratory in ...

Principal Investigator : Frank H. McCormick

Water, Air, and Soil2010RMRS
Photo of Skidder and delimber operating on a fuel management research project in the Priest River Experimental Forest in Idaho. Forest Service
ID: 274
Determining the cost of biomass removal

The Western Biomass Tool estimates the costs of harvesting, chipping and transporting biomass. The Western Biomass Tool can also be used to calc ...

Principal Investigator : Frank H. McCormick

Resource Management and Use2010RMRS
Photo of Modeled flow metric datasets are organized by six major river basins in the western United States. Forest Service
ID: 381
Evaluating the Effects of Climate Change on Streamflow

Scientists have developed a database of flow metrics for streams in the western U.S. under historical conditions and climate change scenarios.

Principal Investigator : Charles H. Luce

Water, Air, and Soil2011RMRS
Photo of Male bull trout in the East Fork Bitterroot River Basin. Aubree Benson, Forest Service
ID: 390
Fire and fish dynamics in a changing climate

Forest Service scientists are seeking a better understanding how climate change and fire affect native trout.

Principal Investigator : Michael K. Young

Wildlife and Fish2011RMRS
Photo of Researcher conducts research in a snow pit, measuring the depth of the snow and evaluating snow crystals to understand their stability and amount of water held in them.
ID: 1330
Forest Service partners with NASA to better understand snow in forested areas

More than one-sixth of the world’s population rely on seasonal snow for water. In the western U.S., nearly three-quarters of the annual stream ...

Principal Investigator : Kelly J. Elder

Wildlife and Fish2017RMRS
Photo of High-resolution stream temperature scenario developed from data at over 20,000 sites and used to precisely map locations of climate refugia for cold-water species. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1025
Mapping Climate Refugia to Preserve Cold-water Biodiversity Using Crowd-sourced Databases

Climate change is rapidly altering stream and river environments across the western U.S. and may threaten the long-term persistence of populatio ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel J. Isaak

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2016RMRS
Photo of The South Fork of the Snake River and other world-famous northwestern U.S. fisheries are expected to lose trout and salmon habitat as a result of rising river temperatures. (Image: Bureau of Land Management.)
ID: 1430
Monitoring the impact of changing climate on western rivers and cold water species

While coldwater fish such as salmon and trout can adjust to slightly warmer-than-normal temperatures for short periods, abnormally high temperat ...

Principal Investigator : Dona Horan

Wildlife and Fish2018RMRS
Photo of Spatial statistical stream network models can use data from a relatively small number of sites, left map, to make unbiased predictions across larger river networks, right map. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
ID: 552
New Class of Statistical Model Developed for Stream Networks

Researchers and their cooperators developed a new class of statistical model for stream networks that applies to most types of stream data and p ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel J. Isaak

Water, Air, and Soil2013RMRS
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ID: 245
New Toolkit Automates the Interpretation of Digital Channel Maps

Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists are developing a computer application called the River Bathymetry Toolkit (RBT) that automatically ex ...

Principal Investigator : Frank H. McCormick

Water, Air, and Soil2010RMRS
Photo of Portable ozone monitor at Trout Creek Pass, Colorado.  Forest Service
ID: 124
Ozone Air Pollution Threatens Remote National Forest Mountain Areas

Scientists are using a portable battery-powered monitor to evaluate O3 at several high-elevation, remote locations in the Rocky Mountain West

Principal Investigator : Robert (Bob) C. Musselman

Water, Air, and Soil2012RMRS
Photo of Straw bales to be spread on the most erodible parts of U.S. Bureau of Land Management-administered land following the 2015 Butte Fire near Sacramento, Calif. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1186
Planning it Forward: Building Erosion Prediction Databases to Support Rapid Assessment of Post-fire Erosion Risks

Following wildfires, Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams are frequently assembled to quickly assess on-site and off-site risks to resour ...

Principal Investigator : William J. Elliot

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2016RMRS
Photo of Sources of phosphorus from a forested 90-m long hill with a Tahoe Basin Climate under different forest conditions, as predicted by the Tahoe Basin Sediment Model. Forest Service
ID: 123
Quantifying Phosphorus Delivery Pathways in Forest Watersheds

Predictive model clearly shows the importance of lateral flow in delivering phosphorus from steep forested hillslopes to forest streams

Principal Investigator : William J. Elliot

Water, Air, and Soil2012RMRS
Photo of Lake Tahoe is renowned for its intense blue hue. Wikimedia Commons.
ID: 1113
Quantifying Phosphorus Delivery Pathways in Forest Watersheds

Forest streams and lakes are renowned for their clarity, but scientists’ concern that forest streams are carrying excessive amounts of phospho ...

Principal Investigator : William J. Elliot

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2016RMRS
Photo of Mapping provides insights into aquatic resources for conservation prioritization and restoration. USDA Forest Service
ID: 837
The Cold Water Climate Shield: Prioritizing High-value Aquatic Resources

Native trout are culturally and ecologically important, but climate change is likely to shrink the cold-water environments they require. Much ca ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel J. Isaak

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2015RMRS
Photo of RMRS Research Ecologist Michael Schwartz collects eDNA samples from Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula, Montana. Photo credit Kellie Carim
ID: 1520
The eDNAtlas project: A national map of aquatic biodiversity

eDNA sampling provides a low-cost & sensitive method for determining which species occur in water bodies. Rapid adoption of eDNA sampling by man ...

Principal Investigator : David E. Nagel

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
Outdoor Recreation
2018RMRS
Photo of A view of the Mameyes River, a Wild and Scenic River in the Luquillo Experimental Forest/ El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
ID: 1479
Wild and Scenic Rivers: their contributions to aquatic species conservation and opportunities for improvement

Wild and Scenic Rivers are designated to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing c ...

Principal Investigator : Russ F. Thurow

Invasive Species
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018IITF