Stream temperature and discharge for the Kuparuk River in 2002. Each summer, water temperature and stream discharge are determined for the Kuparuk River. In many years, temperature and stream height were recorded manually each day. In recent years, dataloggers have measured stream temperature and stream height at regular intervals. The Kuparuk River data is maintained by Dough Kane on the Water and Environmental Research Center at UAF (http://www.uaf.edu/water/projects/NorthSlope/upper_kuparuk/uk_river/uk_r...) Stream height is converted into stream discharge based on a rating curve calculated from manual discharge measurements throughout the season. The principal investigator in charge of the temperature and discharge measurements is Dr. Breck Bowden.
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Discharge was measured several times throughout the summer using a SonTek Flowtracker ADV and wading rod. The stage height was measured at the time of discharge measurement. Continuous stage height readings collected on an hourly basis were then used to calculate continuous discharge using a rating curve for each summer. Temperature was also measured by a HOBO sensor near this location. Discharge was calculated using stage levels measured by the Water and Environment Research Center using a rating curve that they developed.
More infomation about the methods and raw data can be found at: http://ine.uaf.edu/werc/projects/NorthSlope/upper_kuparuk/uk_river/uk_ri...
Kane, D.L. and Hinzman, L.D., 2013. Climate data from the North Slope Hydrology Research project. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Water and Environmental Research Center. URL: http://ine.uaf.edu/werc/projects/NorthSlope/ Fairbanks, Alaska, variously paged.
Stage height measurements were recorded by a Campbell CR-10 datalogger positioned 1 km upstream of the Kuparuk River crossing at the Dalton Highway. Stage height readings are in centimeters from the bottom of the river to the water surface. Discharge calibration measurements were taken at 60% of depth at 20-30 points along a cross sectional transect of the river, 100 meters upstream of the datalogger. Raw data from the calibration measurements are available.
Notes: Gap in discharge data from June 1 - June 13 due to ice. Large flooding event occurred on August 15. For stage heights and rating curves contact Rob Gieck at University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Discharge formula where discharge= a(x^b)
x=stage height in meters
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DATE RECEIVED: February 2002
DATA FILE ENTERED BY: Adrian Green
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NAME: Green, Peterson
DATE: April, 2003
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