|Instream Water Temperature Modeling|
Miller Ecological Consultants, Inc. has extensive experience in instream water temperature monitoring and modeling. Dr. Miller is co-author of the Instream Water Temperature Model which is the model used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its water temperature modeling courses.
• Thermal modeling on both warm-water and cold-water stream systems
• Designed and conducted studies on both simple and complex systems
• Coupled thermal regime with habitat assessments
• Reviewed and incorporated thermal criteria for multiple species
We have conducted thermal modeling on both warm-water and cold-water stream systems for a variety of applications. These include evaluations of the effect of proposed reservoir projects on instream water temperatures, the effects of land-use practices on instream water temperatures and the analysis of alternative reservoir operating regimes on instream water temperatures.
We are capable of designing and conducting studies on both simple and complex systems. We have used a wide variety of data collection equipment and can design a monitoring program to best suit each individual project.
We have experience with computer data bases for water temperature and water quality and use those in the preliminary stages of study design for project scoping. Our in-house software can quickly extract and analyze data from these existing databases to aid in the design of a sound monitoring and analysis program.
We have incorporated water temperature studies as part of overall IFIM studies for a more complete analysis of instream flow projects. As part of these studies we have researched water temperature criteria for both game and non-game species in cold- and warm-water systems.
We maintain current versions of the SNTEMP software from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and have the capability to complete instream water temperature modeling with in-house resources.