Primary Influences on Water Temperature for Inland Streams

Primary Influences on Water Temperature for Inland Streams
  1. Gather available data and establish a conceptual model that identifies which “heat load” parameters will drive water temperature for inland streams.
  2. Assess the importance of different “heat load” parameters in unregulated stream reaches, a reservoir, and regulated stream reaches.
  3. Differentiate the influences of non-advective parameters (radiation exchange, air temperature, friction, etc.) and advective parameters (groundwater, runoff, in-channel flow).
  4. Describe temperature distribution in deep reservoirs and how this can be used for water temperature control.
  5. Summarize what current studies identify as the main drivers of a stream’s heat budget.
  6. Summarize what current studies identify as the main drivers in recent warming trends of stream and lakes.
  7. Explain the relationship between streamflow discharge and water temperature.
  8. Explain how water temperature increases may be diminished in a warming climate.