Global streamflow characteristics

"Streamflow characteristics offer some of the most appropriate and useful indicators for assessing watershed health. They are extremely sensitive to human activities and reflect weather and climate conditions, vegetation and soil type, land characteristics, and human use. Common human activities, such as increasing the number of roads and parking lots, change the timing and strength of runoff events resulting in "flashy" systems. Such hydrologic variation shapes the biotic diversity within stream ecosystems by controlling critical habitat conditions." (National Park Service 2018.)


National Park Service. 2018. “Streamflow Characteristics Monitoring.” 2018.