Framework for a hydrologic climate-response network in New England

Open-File Report 2015-1062
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Abstract

Many climate-related hydrologic variables in New England have changed in the past century, and many are expected to change during the next century. It is important to understand and monitor these changes because they can affect human water supply, hydroelectric power generation, transportation infrastructure, and stream and riparian ecology. This report describes a framework for hydrologic monitoring in New England by means of a climate-response network. The framework identifies specific inland hydrologic variables that are sensitive to climate variation; identifies geographic regions with similar hydrologic responses; proposes a fixed-station monitoring network composed of existing streamflow, groundwater, lake ice, snowpack, and meteorological data-collection stations for evaluation of hydrologic response to climate variation; and identifies streamflow basins for intensive, process-based studies and for estimates of future hydrologic conditions.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Framework for a hydrologic climate-response network in New England
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2015-1062
DOI 10.3133/ofr20151062
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Maine Water Science Center
Description v, 34 p.
Country United States
State Conecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Other Geospatial New England
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N