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Graphical Analysis Facilitates Evaluation of Stream Temperature Monitoring Data

  • Author(s): Tate, Kenneth W
  • Lile, David
  • Lancaster, Donald
  • Porath, Marni
  • Morrison, Julie
  • Sado, Yukako
  • et al.

Watershed groups, individuals, and land management and regulatory agencies are collecting stream temperature data to understand specific stream systems in an effort to protect and enhance cold-water fisheries. While great quantities of stream temperature data are generated, data analysis and interpretation is often not adequate to identify stream reaches which are gaining/losing temperature, or to correlate stream temperature changes to factors such as vegetative canopy cover or streamflow levels. We use a case study to demonstrate graphical methods to display and interpret stream temperature data for this purpose.

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