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Watershed studies at Harvard Forest focus on headwater streams and the linkages between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Research questions include:
- How are streams and wetlands connected to the ground water system?
- How are diurnal and synoptic variations in stream biogeochemistry related to terrestrial processes and to storm events?
- How will aquatic organisms respond to the conversion of hemlock forests to hardwoods?
- How will drinking water quality and quantity be affected by long-term changes in climate and land use?
Future plans call for real-time integration of meteorological (precipitation, snow pack), hydrological (stream discharge, soil moisture, ground water), and eddy flux (evapotranspiration) measurements to study how water moves through the forest ecosystem over a range of temporal scales.