Water Temperature in Rivers and Streams

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Increases in summer stream temperature as a result of human impacts and climate change may exceed the thermal tolerances of aquatic biota that are adapted to colder environments and climates. The combined effects of humans and climate change are of global concern across the range of coldwater aquatic organisms.

We use state-of-the-art technology and techniques to quantify spatial and temporal variability in stream temperature using field surveys, remote sensing, and spatially explicit modeling. This information is used to understand and predict the effects of climate change, riparian management, and restoration on cold-water habitats and the thermal diversity of rivers and streams.

Featured Studies

  • Longitudinal Patterns of Fish Assemblage Structure, Stream Habitat, and Water Temperature in the Lower Crooked River, Oregon
  • Primer for Identifying Cold-water Thermal Refugia for the Protection and Restoration of Habitat for Native Salmonids
  • Integrating Future Climate Change and Riparian Land-Use to Forecast the Effects of Stream Warming on Species Invasions and Their Impacts on Native Salmonids
  • Using Remote Sensing, Modeling, and In Situ Thermal Mapping to Evaluate Potential Effects of Thinning in Riparian Forests on Stream Temperature