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Long format snow course observations, meteorological sensor observations,locations, and associated metadata for Mica Creek, Idaho


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Hubbart, J. et al. 2015. Forest Canopy Reduction and Snowpack Dynamics in a Northern Idaho Watershed of the Continental-Maritime Region, United States. Forest Science.


UI_Mica_Location: Location metadata and meteorological and snow depth observations from met towers in the Mica Creek Experimental Forest. Data were collected at 7 different station sites at approximately half-hour intervals for water years 2003-2006, with discontinuous records due to equipment malfunction or damage. Stations were located within different forest harvest treatment sections, applied to the watershed in approximately 2001, including clear-cut harvest, partial harvest, and control sections (both second growth and old growth control forests). Site Data Citation for full description of the field campaign and sites. UI_Mica_met: Metadata and associated snow depth and SWE observations from 14 manual snow courses taken [...]


Principal Investigator :
Timothy Link
Point of Contact :
Susan E. Dickerson-Lange
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
Metadata Contact :
Susan E. Dickerson-Lange
Originator :
Timothy Link, Susan E. Dickerson-Lange

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Original FGDC Metadata

39.37 KB application/fgdc+xml
UI_Mica_Location_Metadata.csv 2.74 KB text/csv
UI_Mica_Location_Metadata_README.txt 2.54 KB text/plain
UI_Mica_Met_wy20032006.csv 39.84 MB text/csv
UI_Mica_Met_wy20032006_README.txt 3.41 KB text/plain
UI_Mica_SnowCourses_wy2006.csv 154.42 KB text/csv
UI_Mica_SnowCourses_wy2006_README.txt 3.9 KB text/plain


Climate change is projected to cause earlier snowmelt, with potentially serious consequences for terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and for municipal and agricultural water supplies. However, if forests can be managed to retain snow longer, some of these environmental and financial impacts may be mitigated. Recent results from our research team demonstrate that in areas with relatively warm winters, strategically-cut forest gaps could offset climatic warming by increasing snow retention on the landscape and delaying runoff. However, in areas with colder winters, the opposite is true, as snow lasts longer under the forest canopy. We will map these climate-forest-snow interactions across the Pacific Northwest, predicting how forest change is likely to affect snow duration in different locations and testing those predictions against careful observations from our field sites and a network of citizen scientists. Working with regional forest and water managers, we will identify strategies for applying these findings to decision-making, linking climate-forest-snow interactions to ecohydrologic conditions important to management. Results from this project will help managers to act strategically to maximize snow retention (protecting forests in some areas while opening gaps in others), providing more water later in the season for hydropower, agriculture, and fish flows.


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