The experimental removal of riparian vegetation was performed to determine the impact on stream temperature. Water that flows through the unbuffered creeks heats more than the water in the buffered creeks. As a consequence, the diurnal change in temperature is greater in the unbuffered creeks. We do not know many of the moderating forces on heat loading that may be at work in northern Interior streams. As a result we have heated selected streams to uncouple changes in temperature from other aspects of the natural environment that often co-vary with temperature. Energy put in as heat is transmitted a considerable distance downstream. The loss of heat after increasing stream temperature at a single point, however, appears to be independent of riparian zone characteristics.
Shrimpton, J.M., Bourgeois, J.F.; Quigley, J.T.; Blouw, D.M.. 1999. Removal of the Riparian Zone During Forest Harvesting Increases Stream Temperature: Are the Effects Cumulative Downstream? (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Proceedings - Conference Biology & Management
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: forest harvesting, riparian vegetation, stream temperature
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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