Interdisciplinary Team Explores Changes in Water Quality of Northeast Lakes

Interdisciplinary Team Explores Changes in Water Quality of Northeast Lakes

Dec 20, 2017
Lake Sunapee, NH and VT

An interdisciplinary team of researchers that includes UNH faculty members Mark Ducey (professor of natural resources and the environment), Kenneth Johnson (professor of sociology, Carsey School senior demographer) and Michael Palace (associate professor of Earth science) will explore how human population growth, altered land use and land cover, climate change and lake-specific factors have affected water quality in approximately 2,000 lakes in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. New Hampshire’s Lake Sunapee is one of three focal lakes in the study.

The team, which also includes researchers from Dartmouth College and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will use satellite data to help examine how weather conditions and lake water temperature play into the mix. Using new remote sensing and crowd-sourcing citizen-based technologies, researchers will also develop a method to monitor blooms of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, in real-time, providing invaluable context for freshwater management.

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