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Evaluating Climate-Induced Runoff and Temperature Change on Stream Habitat Metrics for Endangered or Threatened Fish - BOR Project FY2011

Summary

We will develop a set of linked models to help predict the effects of climate change on rivers and endangered species. These will include watershed- and reach-scale models to predict streamflow, water temperatures, and other fish habitat metrics under various climatic scenarios for the reaches used by species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), plus a combined bioenergetics and life-cycle model (to be done by the U.S. Geological Survey [USGS]) to assess the impact of these factors on fish growth, reproduction, and survival. We propose to test the model framework at a site on the Methow River, Washington, to explore additional opportunities for collaboration and model development.

Contacts

Data Owner :
Bureau of Reclamation
Author :
Jennifer Bountry

Purpose

Research Question: How will climate change alter the hydrologic runoff and water temperature inputs to stream and flood plain reaches used by endangered or threatened fish species? How are runoff and temperature changes linked to fish habitat within a stream reach?

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