Monitoring stream temperatures—A guide for non-specialists
Water temperature influences most physical and biological processes in streams, and along with streamflows is a major driver of ecosystem processes. Collecting data to measure water temperature is therefore imperative, and relatively straightforward. Several protocols exist for collecting stream temperature data, but these are frequently directed towards specialists. This document was developed to address the need for a protocol intended for non-specialists (non-aquatic) staff. It provides specific step-by-step procedures on (1) how to launch data loggers, (2) check the factory calibration of data loggers prior to field use, (3) how to install data loggers in streams for year-round monitoring, (4) how to download and retrieve data loggers from the field, and (5) how to input project data into organizational databases.
|Monitoring stream temperatures—A guide for non-specialists
|Michael P. Heck, Luke D. Schultz, David Hockman-Wert, Eric C. Dinger, Jason B. Dunham
|USGS Numbered Series
|Techniques and Methods
|USGS Publications Warehouse
|Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center