Articles | Volume 21, issue 9
Research article
21 Sep 2017
Research article |  | 21 Sep 2017

Can spatial statistical river temperature models be transferred between catchments?

Faye L. Jackson, Robert J. Fryer, David M. Hannah, and Iain A. Malcolm

Data sets

Maximum 7-day rolling mean of maximum temperatures for August 2015 for the rivers Spey, Dee, Tweed and Bladnoch F. L. Jackson, R. J. Fryer, D. M. Hannah, and I. A. Malcolm

Catchment Boundaries Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)

UKCP09: Daily gridded air temperature dataset UK MET Office

Sub-set of UK digital 1:50000 scale river centre-line network R. V. Moore, D. G. Morris, and R. W. Flavin

Short summary
River temperature (Tw) is important to fish populations, but one cannot monitor everywhere. Thus, models are used to predict Tw, sometimes in rivers with no data. To date, the accuracy of these predictions has not been determined. We found that models including landscape predictors (e.g. altitude, tree cover) could describe spatial patterns in Tw in other rivers better than those including air temperature. Such findings are critical for developing Tw models that have management application.