Real Time Temperature Sites
Alaskans know that stream temperature can alter fish movement and behavior and, more importantly, whether the “bite is on”. But access to real-time temperature data is very limited in Alaska, so Cook Inletkeeper has embarked on a new project to provide this type of information to Alaskans and fisheries managers.
We have collaborated with BeadedStream LLC in Anchorage to refine a prototype using paired air and water sensors with a real-time, online interface. The monitoring station is powered with battery and micro-solar recharging capabilities, using Iridium satellite technology!
This effort builds on previous Cook Inletkeeper work to understand water temperature patterns in non-glacial salmon streams. This is an important next step in technology, data accessibility and long-term planning needed to engage decision-makers and local Alaskans in the implication of climate change on our freshwater salmon habitat.
Current Real-time Sites:
Additional real-time temperature sites maintained by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are available here.