River and stream temperature in a changing climate

Garner, Grace (2014). River and stream temperature in a changing climate. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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There is major concern that river temperature changes driven by a changing climate and associated hydrological changes will have profound impacts on freshwater ecosystems. To identify the rivers most sensitive to change and implement effective strategies to mitigate high thermal extremes, this thesis aims to improve understanding of the influences of hydrometeorology and riparian landuse on river temperature dynamics, controls and processes within a UK context. Four studies are presented within a multi-scale research design which aimed to improve understanding of: (1) spatial patterns and inter-annual variability in the shape and magnitude of annual river temperature regimes across England and Wales, and regime sensitivity to air temperature and river basin properties, (2) the effects of riparian vegetation on water temperature under a range of hydrometeorological conditions, (2) the processes by which cool water refugia are produced beneath semi-natural, deciduous forest canopies, and (4) how minimal riparian planting can be used to produce thermal refugia in reaches of differing aspect and hydraulic characteristics. The aims are achieved by combining observational, statistical and deterministic modelling techniques. The outcomes of the research contribute significant new knowledge and tools for evidence based management of river and stream temperature under present and future climates.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Funders: Natural Environment Research Council
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/5418


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