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Arrigoni, A. S., G. C. Poole, L. A. K. Mertes, S. J. O’Daniel, W. W. Woessner, and S. A. Thomas (2008), Buffered, lagged, or cooled? Disentangling hyporheic influences on temperature cycles in stream channels, Water Resour. Res., 44, W09418, doi:10.1029/2007WR006480.


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We monitored summertime base flow water temperatures of hyporheic discharge to surface water in main, side, and spring channels located within the bank-full scour zone of the gravel- and cobble-bedded Umatilla River, Oregon, USA. Diel temperature cycles in hyporheic discharge were common, but spatially variable. Relative to the main channel’s diel cycle, hyporheic discharge locations typically had similar daily mean temperatures, but smaller diel ranges (compressed by 2 to 6°C) and desynchronized phases (offset by 0 to 6 h). In spring channels (which received only hyporheic discharge), surface water diel cycles were also compressed (by 2 to 6°C) and desynchronized (by - 4 to 6 h) relative to the main channel, creating diverse daytime and nighttime mosaics of surface water temperatures across main, side, and spring channels, despite only minor differences (