Quantifying the effect of semi-natural riparian cover on stream temperatures: implications for salmonid habitat management
Previous studies examining the effects of riparian cover on stream temperatures have led to highly variable
findings. In an attempt to reduce these uncertainties, this study examines the relationship between stream temperature
variability and local climatic conditions over discrete 300-m sections of a watercourse. Seventeen stream sections were
chosen within the Slaney catchment on the basis of riparian cover and size. Continuous monitoring over a 2-year period from May 2010 found that riparian cover had a measurable cooling effect on water temperatures at small spatial scales. The magnitude of this effect was dependent on stream size and local climactic conditions.
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