Colorado small catchment hydrology datasets

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This dataset contains hydrologic data from small research catchments organized along elevation gradients in Colorado in three regions, Front Range, Grand Valley, and Southwest. Catchments are located in either persistent, transitional, or intermittent snow zones.

Front Range primary catchments are Michigan River (persistent), Andrews Creek (persistent), Dry Creek (transitional), Bighorn Creek (transitional), and Mill Creek (intermittent). These sites each have stream stage/discharge, precipitation, soil moisture, and temperature data. Data currently available for water years 2016-2020 at daily time steps. Some sensors have shorter time step data available on request. NA indicates missing data or data screened out for errors.
Additional Front Range catchments added are: Michigan Ditch tributary, Aspen Glenn, Dadd Gulch, Skin Gulch, Hewlett Gulch, Hill Gulch, and Greyrock

Grand Valley catchments are Grand Mesa persistent, Grand Mesa transitional, and Colorado National Monument (intermittent).
Southwest catchments are Senator Beck (persistent), Relay Creek (transitional), and Basin Creek (intermittent).

The following files are available:

-Geospatial: contains a shapefile (frontrange_locations.shp) and a kmz file (frontrange_locations.kmz) giving the sensor locations for each catchment. Catchments each have two points, one for stream gage locations and the other for rain gage, snow depth, temperature, and soil moisture monitoring locations.

-Metadata: description of sensors for each site

-Daily data: file names by site are Mill_daily.csv, Dry_daily.csv, Bighorn_daily.csv, Andrews_daily.csv, Michigan_daily.csv. Column labels are:
Date as m/d/y
Snow_depth_cm for snow depth in cm
P_mm for precipitation in mm
Ta_C for air temperature in degrees C
Ts_C for 5 cm depth soil temperature in degrees C
SM_depth for soil moisture at the indicated depth in cm. Volumetric water contents/unitless
Discharge_Ls for average daily stream discharge in L/s
Q_mm for total daily discharge normalized by the drainage area of the watershed in mm

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Resource Level Coverage


Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS 84 EPSG:4326
Coordinate Units:
Decimal degrees
Place/Area Name:
North Latitude
East Longitude
South Latitude
West Longitude


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Derived From: Akie, G.A., McDermott, W.R., Sexstone, G.A., and Clow D.W., 2020, Climatological data for the Loch Vale watershed in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, water years 1992-2019: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Funding Agencies

This resource was created using funding from the following sources:
Agency Name Award Title Award Number
Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Water Institute

How to Cite

Kampf, S., J. Hammond, G. Richard, J. Sholtes, K. Puntenney-Desmond, K. Willi, A. Eurich, H. Harrison, A. Anenberg (2021). Colorado small catchment hydrology datasets, HydroShare,

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