Yosemite Hydroclimate Network: Distributed stream and atmospheric data for the Tuolumne River watershed and surroundings

TitleYosemite Hydroclimate Network: Distributed stream and atmospheric data for the Tuolumne River watershed and surroundings
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLundquist J.D, Roche J.W, Forrester H., Moore C., Keenan E., Perry G., Cristea N., Henn B., Lapo K., McGurk B., Cayan DR, Dettinger MD
JournalWater Resources Research
Volume52
Pagination7478-7489
Date Published2016/09
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0043-1397
Accession NumberWOS:000386977900043
Keywordsbasin; california; cover; rating curves; sierra-nevada; snow; spatial variability; streamflow; surface; system; temperature; united-states
Abstract

Regions of complex topography and remote wilderness terrain have spatially varying patterns of temperature and streamflow, but due to inherent difficulties of access, are often very poorly sampled. Here we present a data set of distributed stream stage, streamflow, stream temperature, barometric pressure, and air temperature from the Tuolumne River Watershed in Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada, California, USA, for water years 2002-2015, as well as a quality-controlled hourly meteorological forcing time series for use in hydrologic modeling. We also provide snow data and daily inflow to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir for 1970-2015. This paper describes data collected using low-visibility and low-impact installations for wilderness locations and can be used alone or as a critical supplement to ancillary data sets collected by cooperating agencies, referenced herein. This data set provides a unique opportunity to understand spatial patterns and scaling of hydroclimatic processes in complex terrain and can be used to evaluate downscaling techniques or distributed modeling. The paper also provides an example methodology and lessons learned in conducting hydroclimatic monitoring in remote wilderness.

DOI10.1002/2016wr019261
Short TitleWater Resour. Res.
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