Historical summer base flow and stormflow trends for New England rivers

Water Resources Research
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River base flow is important to aquatic ecosystems, particularly because of its influence on summer water temperatures. Summer (June through September) daily mean streamflows were separated into base flow and stormflow components by use of an automated method at 25 stations in the New England region of the United States that drain predominantly natural basins. Summer monthly mean base flows increased from 1950-2006 at most stations in western New England with many large increases (>20%) and some very large increases (>50%) in and near New Hampshire and Vermont. The same was true for increases in summer 7 day low base flows in and near New Hampshire and Vermont during this same period; in contrast, there were small and large decreases in 7 day low base flows in northern and coastal areas of Maine. Summer stormflows increased from 1950-2006 by more than 50% at many stations in New England, particularly in and near New Hampshire and Vermont. The increases in base flows and stormflows at many stations in and near New Hampshire and Vermont were likely driven by the large increases in summer precipitation recorded at weather stations in this area. Summer rainfall increased at most weather stations in New England from 1950-2006 with many increases of more than 20% in western New England. Summer air temperature increased on average by 1.1??C from 1950-2006 in New England and may have played a role in the decreased base flows in northern and coastal Maine through increased evapotranspiration. Many variables increased less from 1930-2006 than from 1950-2006. Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Historical summer base flow and stormflow trends for New England rivers
Series title Water Resources Research
DOI 10.1029/2010WR009109
Volume 47
Issue 7
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Description W07528; 16 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Water Resources Research
Country United States
State Connecticut;Maine;Massachusetts;New Hampshire;Rhode Island;Vermont
Other Geospatial New England