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Reference hydrologic networks I: the status and potential future directions of national reference hydrologic networks for detecting trends

Whitfield, Paul H.; Burn, Donald H.; Hannaford, Jamie; Higgins, Hélène; Hodgkins, Glenn A.; Marsh, Terry; Looser, Ulrich. 2012 Reference hydrologic networks I: the status and potential future directions of national reference hydrologic networks for detecting trends. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 57 (8). 1562-1579. https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2012.728706

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Abstract/Summary

Identifying climate-driven trends in river flows on a global basis is hampered by a lack of long, quality time series data for rivers with relatively undisturbed regimes. This is a global problem compounded by the lack of support for essential long-term monitoring. Experience demonstrates that, with clear strategic objectives, and the support of sponsoring organizations, reference hydrologic networks can constitute an exceptionally valuable data source to effectively identify, quantify and interpret hydrological change—the speed and magnitude of which is expected to a be a primary driver of water management and flood alleviation strategies through the future—and for additional applications. Reference hydrologic networks have been developed in many countries in the past few decades. These collections of streamflow gauging stations, that are maintained and operated with the intention of observing how the hydrology of watersheds responds to variations in climate, are described. The status of networks under development is summarized. We suggest a plan of actions to make more effective use of this collection of networks.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2012.728706
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Water > WA Topic 1 - Variability and Change in Water Systems > WA - 1.2 - Quantify variability and departures from natural historical variability in water quality ...
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Water > WA Topic 1 - Variability and Change in Water Systems > WA - 1.4 - Management and dissemination of freshwaters data
CEH Sections/Science Areas: Boorman (to September 2014)
ISSN: 0262-6667
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Hydrological Sciences Journal, 57 (8). 1562-1579. Copyright IAHS Press. Available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/ 10.1080/02626667.2012.728706
Additional Keywords: reference networks, hydrometric data, hydrological change
NORA Subject Terms: Meteorology and Climatology
Hydrology
Data and Information
Date made live: 19 Dec 2012 12:03 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/14215

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