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Monitoring stream temperatures—A guide for non-specialists

April 19, 2018

Executive Summary

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.

Publication Year 2018
Title Monitoring stream temperatures—A guide for non-specialists
DOI 10.3133/tm3A25
Authors Michael P. Heck, Luke D. Schultz, David Hockman-Wert, Eric C. Dinger, Jason B. Dunham
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Techniques and Methods
Series Number 3-A25
Index ID tm3A25
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center