Long-term monitoring of geomorphic, hydrological, and biological characteristics of landscapes provides an effective means of relating observed change to possible causes of the change. Identification of changes in basin characteristics, especially in arid areas where the response to altered climate or land use is generally rapid and readily apparent, might provide the initial direct indications that factors such as global warming and cultural impacts have affected the environment. The Vigil Network provides an opportunity for earth and life scientists to participate in a systematic monitoring effort to detect landscape changes over time, and to relate such changes to possible causes. The Vigil Network is an ever-increasing group of sites and basins used to monitor landscape features with as much as 50 years of documented geomorphic and related observations.
|Title||The Vigil Network: A means of observing landscape change in drainage basins|
|Authors||W. R. Osterkamp, W. W. Emmett, Luna Bergere Leopold|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Hydrological Sciences Journal|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|