US Long-Term Ecological Research Network

Lake Mendota at North Temperate Lakes LTER: Snow and Ice Depth 2009-2010

Ice core data collected by Yi-Fang (Yvonne) Hsieh and collaborators for her PhD project, "Modeling Ice Cover and Water Temperature of Lake Mendota."; Part of the project was the development of a 3D hydrodynamic-ice model that simulated both temporal and spatial distributions of ice cover on Lake Mendota for the winter 2009-2010. The parameters from these ice core data were used as model inputs to run model simulations. Parameters measured include: blue ice, white ice, snow depth, and total ice. On February 13, 2009, ice cores were taken on Lake Mendota at four different stations. From January 14, 2010 through March 3, 2010 ice cores were taken on Lake Mendota at 31 different stations. In addition, ice cores were taken on other Yahara Lakes during February of 2009: Lake Kegonsa (4 stations_February 6), Lake Waubesa (4 stations_February 7), Lake Wingra (2 stations_February 8), and Lake Monona (4 stations_February 8). Only total ice measurements are reported for 2009. Included in this data set are the ice core data, and geospatial information for ice coring stations. Documentation: Hsieh, Y.-F., 2012a. Modeling ice cover and water temperature of Lake Mendota. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. The University of Wisconsin - Madison, United States -- Wisconsin, p. 157.
Dataset ID
Date Range
Metadata Provider
Ice and snow sampling was conducted weekly from 14 January to 30 March, 2010 on Lake Mendota when the ice was safe to walk on. A Kovacs Mark III core drill, manufactured by Ice Coring and Drilling Service (ICDS), Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) UW Madison, was used to collect ice cores. Snow depth was also measured at the locations where ice cores were sampled. All measurements were made in centimeters. Blue ice can be defined as the portion of the ice core that is strictly frozen lake water. White ice can be defined as “snow ice,” which occurs when water rushes through cracks in the ice and soaks the overlying snow, resulting in a mixture of ice and snow that subsequently freezes. Total ice is blue ice + snow ice. Finally, snow depth was calculated as the average of 10 snow depth samples at each sampling location.
Version Number
Subscribe to snow accumulation