The ecological impacts of lake ice loss in temperate lakes

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Ongoing
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Expanding our knowledge of winter limnology is critical for managing lakes , reservoirs, and all freshwater resources in a future with shorter winters and less lake ice. In temperate latitudes, we have largely ignored winter as a season that impacts ecological processes, and it is unclear what ramifications the loss of lake ice will have on lake ecosystems. This project will combine long-term observational datasets, high-frequency buoy data, and an experimental approach to understanding the role of light availability in under-ice productivity. 

Presentations: 

Emily Whitaker at SFS Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 19-21, 2019