Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

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Year Published: 2017

A review of surface energy balance models for estimating actual evapotranspiration with remote sensing at high spatiotemporal resolution over large extents

Many approaches have been developed for measuring or estimating actual evapotranspiration (ETa), and research over many years has led to the development of remote sensing methods that are reliably reproducible and effective in estimating ETa. Several remote sensing methods can be used to estimate ETa at the high spatial resolution of agricultural...

McShane, Ryan R.; Driscoll, Katelyn P.; Sando, Roy
McShane, R.R., Driscoll, K.P., and Sando, Roy, 2017, A review of surface energy balance models for estimating actual evapotranspiration with remote sensing at high spatiotemporal resolution over large extents: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5087, 19 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175087.

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Using remote sensing to characterize and compare evapotranspiration from different irrigation regimes in the Smith River Watershed of central Montana

According to the 2005 U.S. Geological Survey national water use compilation, irrigation is the second largest use of fresh water in the United States, accounting for 37%, or 484.48 million cubic meters per day, of total freshwater withdrawal. Accurately estimating the amount of water withdrawals and actual consumptive water use (the difference...

Sando, Thomas R.; Caldwell, Rodney R.; Blasch, Kyle W.
Sando R, Caldwell RR, Blasch KW (2017) Using Remote Sensing to Characterize and Compare Evapotranspiration from Different Irrigation Regimes in the Smith River Watershed of Central Montana. Irrigat Drainage Sys Eng 6: 188. doi: 10.4172/2168-9768.1000188

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Salish Kootenai College and U.S. Geological Survey partnership—Enhancing student opportunities and professional development

Salish Kootenai College (SKC), in the Flathead Reservation in the northwestern corner of Montana, is the largest of the seven Tribal colleges in the State. In 2011, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Tribal Liaison Monique Fordham from the Office of Tribal Relations/Office of Science Quality and Integrity began discussions with SKC faculty to...

Sando, Roy; Fordham, Monique
Sando, Roy, and Fordham, Monique, 2017, Salish Kootenai College and U.S. Geological Survey partnership—Enhancing student opportunities and professional development: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3065, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173065.

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Estimating current and future streamflow characteristics at ungaged sites, central and eastern Montana, with application to evaluating effects of climate change on fish populations

A common statistical procedure for estimating streamflow statistics at ungaged locations is to develop a relational model between streamflow and drainage basin characteristics at gaged locations using least squares regression analysis; however, least squares regression methods are parametric and make constraining assumptions about the data...

Sando, Roy; Chase, Katherine J.
Sando, Roy, and Chase, K.J., 2017, Estimating current and future streamflow characteristics at ungaged sites, central and eastern Montana, with application to evaluating effects of climate change on fish populations: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5002, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175002.

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Enhanced coal-dependent methanogenesis coupled with algal biofuels: Potential water recycle and carbon capture

Many coal beds contain microbial communities that can convert coal to natural gas (coalbed methane). Native microorganisms were obtained from Powder River Basin (PRB) coal seams with a diffusive microbial sampler placed downhole and used as an inoculum for enrichments with different nutrients to investigate microbially-enhanced coalbed methane...

Barnhart, Elliott P.; Davis, Katherine J.; Varonka, Matthew S.; Orem, William H.; Cunningham, Alfred B.; Ramsay, Bradley D.; Fields, Matthew W.
Barnhart, E.P., Davis, K.J., Varonka, M., Orem, W., Cunningham, A.B., Ramsay, B.D., Fields, M.W., 2017, Enhanced coal-dependent methanogenesis coupled with algal biofuels: Potential water recycle and carbon capture: International Journal of Coal Geology, 171, pp. 69-75. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coal.2017.01.001

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Water-quality, bed-sediment, and biological data (October 2014 through September 2015) and statistical summaries of data for streams in the Clark Fork Basin, Montana

Water, bed sediment, and biota were sampled in selected streams from Butte to near Missoula, Montana, as part of a monitoring program in the upper Clark Fork Basin of western Montana. The sampling program was led by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to characterize aquatic resources in the...

Dodge, Kent A.; Hornberger, Michelle I.; Turner, Matthew A.
Dodge, K.A., Hornberger, M.I., and Turner, M.A., 2017, Water-quality, bed-sediment, and biological data (October 2014 through September 2015) and statistical summaries of data for streams in the Clark Fork Basin, Montana: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1201, 122 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161201.

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Year Published: 2016

Sharing our data—An overview of current (2016) USGS policies and practices for publishing data on ScienceBase and an example interactive mapping application

This report provides an overview of current (2016) U.S. Geological Survey policies and practices related to publishing data on ScienceBase, and an example interactive mapping application to display those data. ScienceBase is an integrated data sharing platform managed by the U.S. Geological Survey. This report describes resources that U.S....

Chase, Katherine J.; Bock, Andrew R.; Sando, Roy
Chase, K.J., Bock, A.R., and Sando, Roy, 2017, Sharing our data—An overview of current (2016) USGS policies and practices for publishing data on ScienceBase and an example interactive mapping application: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1202, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161202.

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Year Published: 2016

Estimated nitrogen and phosphorus inputs to the Fish Creek watershed, Teton County, Wyoming, 2009–15

Nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, are essential for plant and animal growth and nourishment, but the overabundance of bioavailable nitrogen and phosphorus in water can cause adverse health and ecological effects. It is generally accepted that increased primary production of surface-water bodies because of high inputs of nutrients is now...

Eddy-Miller, Cheryl A.; Sando, Roy; MacDonald, Michael J.; Girard, Carlin E.
Eddy-Miller, C.A., Sando, Roy, MacDonald, M.J., and Girard, C.E., 2016, Estimated nitrogen and phosphorus inputs to the Fish Creek watershed, Teton County, Wyoming, 2009–15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5160, 29 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165160.

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Year Published: 2016

Potential effects of climate change on streamflow in eastern and central Montana (2013-2014 analyses) - PRMS model input and output

Fish in Northern Great Plains streams evolved to survive heat, cold, floods and drought; however changes in streamflow associated with long-term climate change may render some prairie streams uninhabitable for current fish species. To better understand future hydrology of these prairie streams, the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) model...

Chase, Katherine J.; Haj, Adel E.; Regan, R. Steve; Viger, Roland
Chase, K.J. Haj, A.E. Regan, R.S., and Viger, R.J., 2016, Potential Effects of Climate Change on Streamflow in Eastern and Central Montana (2013-2014 Analyses) - PRMS Input and Output Data: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.5066/F7P26W5S.

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Year Published: 2016

Potential effects of climate change on streamflow for seven watersheds in eastern and central Montana

Study regionEastern and central Montana.Study focusFish in Northern Great Plains streams tolerate extreme conditions including heat, cold, floods, and drought; however changes in streamflow associated with long-term climate change may render some prairie streams uninhabitable for current fish species. To better understand future hydrology of these...

Chase, Katherine J.; Haj, Adel E.; Regan, R. Steven; Viger, Roland J.
Chase, K.J., Haj, A.E., Regan, R.S., and Viger, R.J., 2016, Potential effects of climate change on streamflow for seven watersheds in eastern and central Montana: Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, Volume 7, Pages 69-81, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrh.2016.06.001

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Year Published: 2016

Cultivation of a native alga for biomass and biofuel accumulation in coal bed methane production water

Coal bed methane (CBM) production has resulted in thousands of ponds in the Powder River Basin of low-quality water in a water-challenged region. A green alga isolate, PW95, was isolated from a CBM production pond, and analysis of a partial ribosomal gene sequence indicated the isolate belongs to the Chlorococcaceae family. Different combinations...

Hodgskiss, Logan H.; Nagy, Justin; Barnhart, Elliott P.; Cunningham, Alfred B.; Fields, Matthew W.
Hodgskiss, L.H., Nagy, J., Barnhart, E.P., Cunningham, A.B., and Fields, M.W., 2016, Cultivation of a native alga for biomass and biofuel accumulation in coal bed methane production water: Algal Research, v. 19, p. 63–68.

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Latest Pleistocene and Holocene glacial events in the Colonia valley, Northern Patagonia Icefield, southern Chile

The Northern Patagonia Icefield (NPI) is the primary glaciated terrain worldwide at its latitude (46.5–47.5°S), and constraining its glacial history provides unique information for reconstructing Southern Hemisphere paleoclimate. The Colonia Glacier is the largest outlet glacier draining the eastern NPI. Ages were determined using dendrochronology...

Nimick, David A.; Mcgrath, Daniel; Mahan, Shannon A.; Friesen, Beverly A.; Leidich, Jonathan
Nimick, D.A., McGrath, Daniel, Friesen, B.A., Mahan, S.A., and Leidich, Jonathan, 2016, Latest Pleistocene and Holocene glacial events in the Colonia Valley, Northern Patagonia Icefield, Southern Chile: Journal of Quaternary Science, v. 31, p. 551-564.