Interested in understanding, modeling, or managing stream ecosystems at spatial scales larger than an individual stream? A new website offers a set of analytical tools incorporating ecology, geospatial science and statistics to improve predictions of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of stream networks. The unique models have practical applications for designing monitoring strategies and deriving information from databases with non-random sample locations.
Developed by the Rocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, the website provides a toolbox to pre-process stream datasets and develop auxiliary information. The package for the R statistical program, example datasets, and tutorials on using the GIS tools and R scriptsis available as freeware.