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Thesis:An Initial Inspection of the Transparency of Streams to Ultraviolet Radiation in 16 Small Pennsylvania Watersheds
(2003)
  • Patrick Belmont, Utah State University
Abstract
Stream dwelling organisms are subject to numerous environmental stresses. Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) has been indicated as an important stressor in lakes and oceans, but has previously received little attention in stream ecosystems. Here, 16 small streams are monitored in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania from June to October, primarily during base flow conditions. Land use/land cover ranged from primarily agriculture to primarily forest. Urban land use and wetlands were negligible in all watersheds studied. Optical properties, such as absorbance of dissolved and particulate material as well as fluorescence are monitored in addition to several other chemical and water quality parameters. Geographical Information Systems analysis is used to investigate the relationship between the optical properties and the characteristics of each individual watershed...
Publication Date
2003
Publisher
A Thesis Presented to the Graduate and Research Committee of Lehigh University in Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science In Earth and Environmental Sciences
Citation Information
Patrick Belmont. Thesis:An Initial Inspection of the Transparency of Streams to Ultraviolet Radiation in 16 Small Pennsylvania Watersheds. (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/patrick_belmont/75/