Global analysis reveals gaps in stream gauge networks

Over 60% world’s streams and rivers go dry on annual basis. Even here Alabama, one of the wettest places in the US, at least 40% of our stream miles go dry regularly.¬† However, compared to their perennially flowing counterparts, we know very little about streams that go dry and how they impact downstream¬† aquatic biodiversity, drinking water resources, or water quality. In a new study, Nate Jones (BSC Assistant Professor, ecohydrology.ua.edu) and colleagues quantified gaps in stream gauge network across the world, and they highlighted priority areas to begin to study these important and unique systems.

To read more, see the press release (click here) and paper in Nature Sustainability (click here).

Stream monitoring station at the UA Tanglewood Biological Station (tanglewood.ua.edu) in Western Alabama. Photo credit: PhD Student Delaney Peterson.