Long-term stream data in BES
Lawrence E. Band
Kenneth T. Belt
Gary T. Fisher
The watershed approach, which is based on long-term
monitoring of the quantity and quality of streams, has
long been used to study whole-ecosystem function.
Applying this approach in BES allows us to compare
urban ecosystems with the more natural systems that
dominate the LTER network and to produce data on whole-
ecosystem function at a scale relevant to management.
In this talk, I present data from the first six years
of long-term stream monitoring for BES and address
questions related to 1) natural variation in watershed
ecosystem function, 2) the effect of land use on water
quality in time and space and 3) temporal variation in
urban water quality.
streams, watershed, nitrogen, phosphorus