Cook Inletkeeper and collaborators at the Alaska Natural Heritage Program, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) have established minimum standards for stream temperature data collection to generate data useful for regional-scale analyses. By identifying minimum data standards, our objective is to encourage rapid, but structured, growth in comparable stream temperature monitoring efforts in Alaska that will be used to understand current and future trends in thermal regimes.
Stream Temperature Data Collection Standards and Protocol for Alaska was developed to help the reader understand our justification for selecting, and motivation for establishing, minimum standards for stream temperature data collection. The protocol that follows provides detailed instructions on implementing these minimum standards. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) was developed for the stream temperature modeling protocols, so that it can be included in an EPA Tribal General Assistance Program (GAP) workplan. We hope that this project will encourage data collection efforts that will be useful for understanding current and future temperature trends in Alaska’s freshwater systems.