Tens of thousands of streams in the north Pacific coastal temperate rainforest shape the landscape and provide critical habitat and food sources for its inhabitants. From icy glacial waters to carbon-rich creeks draining from wetlands, these diverse watersheds drive the movement of nutrients and sediment from land to sea on globally significant scales.
Monthly stream water monitoring provides needed data on water quality, stream chemistry, and streamflow that inform food web research, glacial influence studies, and resource management.
Stream Food Webs
ACRC supports scientists studying food web dynamics in the salmon-rich streams of Southeast Alaska, which helps inform freshwater fisheries management in the face of climate change.
ACRC is working with partners to develop storm event models to aid in infrastructure planning such as culvert design and hydropower development.