Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB) Program
The WEBB Program - Research in Small Watersheds
The U.S. Geological Survey initiated the Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB) program in 1991 to understand the processes controlling water, energy, and biogeochemical fluxes over a range of temporal and spatial scales and to understand the interactions of these processes, including the effect of atmospheric and climatic variables. Five small research watersheds were selected, in part because they had existing long-term research data sets on which the WEBB program could build, and in part to be geographically and ecologically diverse and represent a range of hydrologic and climatic conditions.
Each of the WEBB sites has a long history of monitoring and interdisciplinary research. Studies have benefited from infrastructure support and a strong collaborative research relationship with scientists from universities and from other Federal and State agencies. The small size of the WEBB program watersheds (ranging from 41 to 12,000 ha) has allowed detailed investigation of hydrological and biogeochemical processes that would not have been possible in larger watersheds. For additional information, see, Lins, 1994, Hirsch, 1998, Baedecker, 2003 (in pdf format), and Glynn and others, 2009 (pdf format), or use a link above to see research being conducted at the individual sites. A fact sheet for the WEBB program and fact sheets for the individual sites are also available (Loch Vale, Luquillo Experimental Forest, Panola Mountain, Sleepers River, Trout Lake)
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