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Water temperature models, data and code for the Colorado, Green, San Juan, Yampa, and White rivers in the Colorado River basin

Data for journal manuscript: Water storage decisions will determine the distribution and persistence of imperiled river fishes

Dates

Publication Date
Start Date
1950
End Date
2018

Citation

Dibble, K.L., Yackulic, C.B., and Bestgen, K.R., 2020, Water temperature models, data and code for the Colorado, Green, San Juan, Yampa, and White rivers in the Colorado River basin: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9HFKV7Q.

Summary

These data were compiled for a manuscript in which 1) we develop a water temperature model for the major river segments and tributaries of the Colorado River basin, including the Colorado, Green, Yampa, White, and San Juan rivers; 2) we link modeled water temperature to fish population data to predict the probability native and nonnative species will be common in the future in a warming climate; and 3) assess the degree to which dams create thermal discontinuity in summer in river segments across the western US. Per goal #1, we developed a water temperature model using data spanning 1985-2015 that predicts water temperature every 1 mile (1.6-km) in rivers both now and in the future due to the potential influence of climate change and [...]

Contacts

Point of Contact :
Kimberly L Dibble
Originator :
Kimberly L Dibble, Charles B Yackulic, Kevin R Bestgen
Metadata Contact :
Kimberly L Dibble
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
SDC Data Owner :
Southwest Biological Science Center
USGS Mission Area :
Ecosystems

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“The Colorado River flowing through Grand Canyon”
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Purpose

These data were compiled for the following purpose: 1) as data inputs to a water temperature model developed for river segments across the Colorado River basin; 2) to determine the current and potential future thermal suitability of segments of river for native and nonnative fish species; and 3) examine the influence of withdrawal depth in reservoirs on thermal discontinuity in rivers across the western US. Data summaries are a result of decades of monitoring and research conducted by federal and state agencies and other entities. These data are all publicly available in raw form; here, we present summarized data used in water temperature and fish models. These data can be used by researchers who would like to run the water temperature model developed for rivers in the Colorado River basin under base conditions and under future warming or low storage scenarios. These data can also be used to calculate a thermal suitability index using predictions from the water temperature model to determine the current and potential future thermal suitability of river segments for native and nonnative fish species.

Rights

The author(s) of these data request that data users contact them regarding intended use and to assist with understanding limitations and interpretation. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data for other purposes, nor on all computer systems, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.

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