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Effects of climate change and wildfire on stream temperatures and salmonid thermal habitat in a mountain river network

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Bruce E Rieman, Daniel J Isaak, Erin E Peterson, Dona L Horan, Charles H Luce, Gwynne L Chandler, David E Nagel, and Sharon Parkes, Effects of climate change and wildfire on stream temperatures and salmonid thermal habitat in a mountain river network: .

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Mountain streams provide important habitats for many species, but their faunas are especially vulnerable to climate change because of ectothermic physiologies and movements that are constrained to linear networks that are easily fragmented. Effectively conserving biodiversity in these systems requires accurate downscaling of climatic trends to local habitat conditions, but downscaling is difficult in complex terrains given diverse microclimates and mediation of stream heat budgets by local conditions. We compiled a stream temperature database (n = 780) for a 2500-km river network in central Idaho to assess possible trends in summer temperatures and thermal habitat for two native salmonid species from 1993 to 2006. New spatial statistical [...]

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