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Paleohydrologic reconstructions of water-year streamflow for 31 stream gaging sites in the Missouri River Basin with complete data for 1685 through 1977


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Martin, J.T., and Pederson, G.T., 2019, Paleohydrologic reconstructions of water-year streamflow for 31 stream gaging sites in the Missouri River Basin with complete data for 1685 through 1977: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Tree-ring reconstructions of water-year (Oct 1 through Sep 30th) flow for 31 gaging sites in Missouri River basin, with complete data for 1685 through 1977 (n = 293 water years). The complete 105 tree-ring reconstructions of streamflow used in the Nature Scientific Reports paper were obtained from various sources; 74 flow reconstructions were obtained from the web resource, TreeFlow (, and an additional 31 flow reconstructions (provided here) for the Missouri River basin were obtained from the U.S. Geological Survey in Bozeman, Montana.


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Gregory T Pederson
Originator :
Justin T Martin, Gregory T Pederson
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Gregory T Pederson
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U.S. Geological Survey
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Land Resources
SDC Data Owner :
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

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Missouri River streamflow reconstructions 1685-1977.csv 89.36 KB
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The tree-ring based reconstructions of streamflow represent plausible water-year flow estimates, and no one reconstruction is considered absolutely correct due to a variety of statistical procedures required to convert stand-level, climate sensitive tree-growth variability into estimates of streamflow. Thus, we consider the reconstructions included in this study as reasonable estimates and as representative of the variability in streamflow at each site. However, it should be noted that, streamflow reconstructions can be developed using several different methods and techniques (e.g., biological growth curve detrending choices, pre-whitening chronologies before integration into multivariate regression, and variance rescaling of nested reconstructions) that carry potential implications relative to the preservation of inter-annual to decada to multidecadal modes of variability. Though within the dendrochronology discipline it is well understood, tree-ring records can capture these modes of variability and individual investigators often seek to utilize methods that reliably preserve these frequencies in the streamflow reconstructions. Thus, it is important to verify that the reconstructions are consistent in preserving the temporal modes of variability spatially. This assumption was verified in the Nature Scientific data paper by comparing the power spectra of the reconstructed streamflows for the 31 sites provided here.



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DOI doi:10.5066/P9OYY6DN

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