Articles | Volume 18, issue 12
Research article
08 Dec 2014
Research article |  | 08 Dec 2014

Climate change and stream temperature projections in the Columbia River basin: habitat implications of spatial variation in hydrologic drivers

D. L. Ficklin, B. L. Barnhart, J. H. Knouft, I. T. Stewart, E. P. Maurer, S. L. Letsinger, and G. W. Whittaker


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (12 Aug 2014) by Junguo Liu
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (15 Aug 2014)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (13 Sep 2014) by Junguo Liu
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (01 Oct 2014)
RR by Junguo Liu (11 Oct 2014)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (11 Oct 2014) by Junguo Liu
AR by Darren Ficklin on behalf of the Authors (14 Oct 2014)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: (10 Nov 2014) by Junguo Liu
ED: Publish as is (10 Nov 2014) by Junguo Liu
Short summary
We use a hydrologic model coupled with a stream temperature model and downscaled general circulation model outputs to explore changes in stream temperature in the Columbia River basin for the late 21st century. On average, stream temperatures are projected to increase 3.5 °C for the spring, 5.2 °C for the summer, 2.7 °C for the fall, and 1.6 °C for the winter. Our results capture the important, and often ignored, influence of hydrological processes on changes in stream temperature.