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Graphical Analysis Facilitates Evaluation of Stream Temperature Monitoring Data


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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