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Framework for a hydrologic climate-response network in New England

June 17, 2015

Many climate-related hydrologic variables in New England have changed in the past century, and many are expected to change during the next century. It is important to understand and monitor these changes because they can affect human water supply, hydroelectric power generation, transportation infrastructure, and stream and riparian ecology. This report describes a framework for hydrologic monitoring in New England by means of a climate-response network. The framework identifies specific inland hydrologic variables that are sensitive to climate variation; identifies geographic regions with similar hydrologic responses; proposes a fixed-station monitoring network composed of existing streamflow, groundwater, lake ice, snowpack, and meteorological data-collection stations for evaluation of hydrologic response to climate variation; and identifies streamflow basins for intensive, process-based studies and for estimates of future hydrologic conditions.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2015
Title Framework for a hydrologic climate-response network in New England
DOI 10.3133/ofr20151062
Authors Robert M. Lent, Glenn A. Hodgkins, Robert W. Dudley, Luther Schalk
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2015-1062
Index ID ofr20151062
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Maine Water Science Center