Stream Temperature Inventory and Mapper
Stream Temperature Inventory Mapper and Data Portal for Evaluating Climate Change Effects on New England, Mid Atlantic and Great Lakes States Streams
This project developed a coordinated, multi-agency regional stream temperature framework and database for New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Great Lakes states. The project compiled metadata about existing stream temperature monitoring locations and networks; developed a web-based decision support mapper to display, integrate, and share that information; built a community of contacts with interest in this effort; and developed data portal capabilities that integrate stream temperature data from several sources.
Climate change is expected to alter stream temperature and flow regimes over the coming decades, and in turn influence distributions of aquatic species in those freshwater ecosystems. Effects of climate change on streams are expected to vary both spatially and temporally and will also be influenced by landscape factors such as geographic setting. To better account for these changes,this project was funded to inventory, compile, and collect both short- and long-term stream temperature data across the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) region for managers to gain an understanding of baseline conditions, historic trends, and future projections. The results will provide opportunities to coordinate stream monitoring efforts and provide basic information to plan for and assess the effects of climate change on streams. This project worked towards development of a coordinated, multi-agency regional stream temperature framework and database for New England, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes States by:
This project is complete. The project team joined with the team for the related project "Bringing people, data, and models together – addressing impacts of climate change on stream temperature" to coordinate activities and share data. Together, the teams are collecting stream data from across the Northeast-Midwest region. Representatives from 20 states have been contacted so far. A web-based decision support mapper (NorEaST) is in development (beta) now.
NALCC funding: $0
Northeast Climate Science Center funding: $165,000
Metadata Mapper Project:
NorEaST Web Portal Project