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The metabolic regimes of 356 rivers in the United States

December 11, 2018

A national-scale quantification of metabolic energy flow in streams and rivers can improve understanding of the temporal dynamics of in-stream activity, links between energy cycling and ecosystem services, and the effects of human activities on aquatic metabolism. The two dominant terms in aquatic metabolism, gross primary production (GPP) and aerobic respiration (ER), have recently become practical to estimate for many sites due to improved modeling approaches and the availability of requisite model inputs in public datasets. We assembled inputs from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Aeronautics and Space Administration for October 2007 to January 2017. We then ran models to estimate daily GPP, ER, and the gas exchange rate coefficient for 356 streams and rivers across the continental United States. We also gathered potential explanatory variables and spatial information for cross-referencing this dataset with other datasets of watershed characteristics. This dataset offers a first national assessment of many-day time series of metabolic rates for up to 9 years per site, with a total of 490,907 site-days of estimates.

Publication Year 2018
Title The metabolic regimes of 356 rivers in the United States
DOI 10.1038/sdata.2018.292
Authors Alison P. Appling, Jordan S. Read, Luke A. Winslow, Maite Arroita, Emily S. Bernhardt, Natalie A. Griffiths, Robert O. Hall, Judson W. Harvey, James B. Heffernan, Emily H. Stanley, Edward G. Stets, Charles B. Yackulic
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Scientific Data
Index ID 70201353
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis; WMA - Integrated Information Dissemination Division