SWAT Literature Database for Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Title:Assessing climate change impacts on stream temperature in the Athabasca River Basin using SWAT equilibrium temperature model and its potential impacts on stream ecosystem 
Authors:Du, X, N.K. Shrestha and J. Wang 
Journal:Science of the Total Environment 
Volume (Issue):650 
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Broad Application Category:hydrologic and pollutant 
Primary Application Category:stream and/or soil temperature assessment 
Secondary Application Category:climate change 
Watershed Description:59,000 km^2 Athabasca River, which originates in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta (Canada) and travels northeast across Alberta, covering about 24 % of Alberta‚Äôs landmass. The ARB includes the urban centers of Jasper, Hinton, Whitecourt, Athabasca and Fort McMurray before draining into Lake Athabasca. Forest is the dominating land cover, accounting for about 82 % of the whole basin area, and agricultural land (9.5 %) is the second most dominant. Major activities in the basin include forestry, agriculture, tourism, pulp mills, coal mining, traditional oil and gas extraction and oil sands mining. Within the ARB, fish species can be broadly grouped into two primary types: those tolerant of cold waters and those which require relatively warmer water temperatures. The main fish species include walleye, lake whitefish, northern pike and burbot. 
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Keywords:Stream temperature modeling; Climate change impact assessment; Equilibrium temperature approach