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A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding Stream Temperature Data and Models

Recent technological advances in stream temperature monitoring and modeling have increased the amount of data that are available throughout the Pacific Northwest. These newly available data have strengths and limitations depending on the purposes for which they were developed and the scale at which they can be used to meet management objectives. To address these challenges, the USGS will lead development of a handbook for Pacific Northwest natural resource managers that will guide the use of stream temperature datasets to answer management or conservation questions. Researchers will engage with natural resource stakeholders to learn about pertinent management issues, stream temperature data already in use, and information gaps. The handbook will help summarize benefits and tradeoffs of existing stream temperature datasets, and will support decisions about which datasets are most appropriate for a given management question.

Contact: Christian Torgersen, FRESC, 206-616-1874, Profile

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