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Multi-century reconstructions of temperature, precipitation, and runoff efficiency for the Upper Colorado River Basin

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Publication Date
Start Date
1220-08-24
End Date
2016-09-01

Citation

Pederson, G.T, and Woodhouse, C.A., 2017, Multi-century reconstructions of temperature, precipitation, and runoff efficiency for the Upper Colorado River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F79885ZT.

Summary

With increasing concerns about the impact of warming temperatures on water resources, more attention is being paid the relationship between runoff and precipitation, or runoff efficiency. Temperature is a key influence on Colorado River runoff efficiency, and warming temperatures are projected to reduce runoff efficiency. Here, we investigate the nature of runoff efficiency in the upper Colorado River (UCRB) basin over the past 400 years, with a specific focus on major droughts and pluvials, and to contextualize the instrumental period. We first verify the feasibility of reconstructing runoff efficiency from tree-ring data. The reconstruction is then used to evaluate variability in runoff efficiency over periods of high and low flow, [...]

Contacts

Point of Contact :
Gregory T Pederson
Originator :
Gregory T Pederson, Connie A Woodhouse
Metadata Contact :
Gregory T Pederson
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
GS ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Land Resources
SDC Data Owner :
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

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Purpose

Hydrologic and climataic reconstructions for the Upper Colorado River Basin.

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