StreamThermal: A software package for calculating thermal metrics from stream temperature data

Fisheries
Yin-Phan Tsang; Dana Infante (Michigan State University) Lizhu Wang (International Joint Commission) Darren Thornbrugh (US EPA)
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Abstract

Improving quality and better availability of continuous stream temperature data allows natural resource managers, particularly in fisheries, to understand associations between different characteristics of stream thermal regimes and stream fishes. However, there is no convenient tool to efficiently characterize multiple metrics reflecting stream thermal regimes with the increasing amount of data. This article describes a software program packaged as a library in R to facilitate this process. With this freely-available package, users will be able to quickly summarize metrics that describe five categories of stream thermal regimes: magnitude, variability, frequency, timing, and rate of change. The installation and usage instruction of this package, the definition of calculated thermal metrics, as well as the output format from the package are described, along with an application showing the utility for multiple metrics. We believe this package can be widely utilized by interested stakeholders and greatly assist more studies in fisheries.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title StreamThermal: A software package for calculating thermal metrics from stream temperature data
Series title Fisheries
DOI 10.1080/03632415.2016.1210517
Volume 41
Issue 9
Year Published 2016
Language English, French, Spanish
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Wisconsin Water Science Center
Description 7 p.
First page 548
Last page 554