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Responses of stream nitrate and DOC loadings to hydrological forcing and climate change in an upland forest of the northeastern United States

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Sebestyen, Stephen D.; Boyer, Elizabeth W.; Shanley, James B.

Year Published

2009

Publication

Journal of Geophysical Research. 114: G02002, doi:10.1029/2008JG000778.

Abstract

In coming decades, higher annual temperatures, increased growing season length, and increased dormant season precipitation are expected across the northeastern United States in response to anthropogenic forcing of global climate. We synthesized long-term stream hydrochemical data from the Sleepers River Research Watershed in Vermont, United States, to explore the relationship of catchment wetness to stream nitrate and DOC loadings. We modeled changes in growing season length and precipitation patterns to simulate future climate scenarios and to assess how stream nutrient loadings respond to climate change. Model results for the 2070?2099 time period suggest that stream nutrient loadings during both the dormant and growing seasons will respond to climate change.

Citation

Sebestyen, Stephen D.; Boyer, Elizabeth W.; Shanley, James B. 2009. Responses of stream nitrate and DOC loadings to hydrological forcing and climate change in an upland forest of the northeastern United States. Journal of Geophysical Research. 114: G02002, doi:10.1029/2008JG000778.

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