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Title: Long-term hydrologic research on the San Dimas Experimental Forest, southern California: lessons learned and future directions

Author: Wohlgemuth, Pete;

Date: 2016

Source: In: Stringer, Christina E.; Krauss, Ken W.; Latimer, James S., eds. 2016. Headwaters to estuaries: advances in watershed science and management -Proceedings of the Fifth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds. March 2-5, 2015, North Charleston, South Carolina. e-General Technical Report SRS-211. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 302 p.

Publication Series: Proceedings - Paper (PR-P)

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Description: The San Dimas Experimental Forest (SDEF) is located in the San Gabriel Mountains, about 45 km northeastof Los Angeles, California. The SDEF was originally established in 1934 to document and quantify the hydrologic cycle in semiarid uplands with intermittent headwater streams. New and innovative equipment was necessary to measure rainfall and streamflow in this mountainous terrain. Long-term monitoring has revealed a number of hydrologic patterns following land use change and wildfire. Water quality monitoring shows that the SDEF has had very high levels of nitrate due to its proximity to the heavily polluted Los Angeles Basin. These nitrate levels, which approach federal standards, are exacerbated by land use change and fire. In the future, evaluating the hydrologic response from climate change models and testing specific climate change predictions for southern California may be possible using the 80-year record of temperature, rainfall, and streamflow from the San Dimas Experimental Forest.

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Wohlgemuth, Peter M. 2016. Long-term hydrologic research on the San Dimas Experimental Forest, southern California: lessons learned and future directions. In: Stringer, Christina E.; Krauss, Ken W.; Latimer, James S., eds. 2016. Headwaters to estuaries: advances in watershed science and management -Proceedings of the Fifth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds. March 2-5, 2015, North Charleston, South Carolina. e-General Technical  Report  SRS-211. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 6 p.

 


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