Continuous monitoring of watershed signals: Disentangling compounded processes
Monday, 15 December 2014: 4:15 PM
Matching observation and process time scales is critical for uncovering and quantifying ecosystem processes and developing new understanding of key drivers of observed behavior. Fortunately, real-time monitoring of hydrological and biogeochemical signals across watershed and stream systems is becoming more common. Unfortunately, disentangling compounded biological and physical processes operating and transported across often asynchronous time scales presents new challenges for realizing the potential of real-time sensor technology. Here we focus on challenges to interpreting in-stream observations as well as opportunities to use these emerging technologies to gain new insight into system behavior through enhanced observational networks and analysis that can reduce equifinality in process attribution of observed signals.