Original Grant Proposal
Isaak, D.J., S.J. Wenger, E.E. Peterson, J. M. Ver Hoef, S. Hostetler, C.H. Luce, J.B. Dunham, J. Kershner, B.B. Roper, D. Nagel, D. Horan, G. Chan-dler, S. Parkes, and S. Wollrab. 2011. NorWeST: An interagency stream temperature database and model for the Northwest United States. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Northern and North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative grants.
Climate change is warming aquatic ecosystems and will have profound consequences. Effective conservation of aquatic resources will require unprecedented levels of interagency coordination. In addition, it will require the development of datasets and models for accurate downscaling of climate change effects to important habitat parameters and species distributions at local scales. Many broad-scale bioclimatic assessments have been done for salmon and trout in the Rocky Mountains, but most rely on air temperature or elevation- imprecise surrogates for stream temperature. This project generates stream temperature data rather than relying on air temperature or elevation surrogates.