US Long-Term Ecological Research Network
Lake snow removal experiment zooplankton community data, under ice, 2019-2021


Although it is a historically understudied season, winter is now recognized as a time
of biological activity and relevant to the annual cycle of north-temperate lakes. Emerging
research points to a future of reduced ice cover duration and changing snow conditions that
will impact aquatic ecosystems. The aim of the study was to explore how altered snow and ice
conditions, and subsequent changes to under-ice light environment, might impact ecosystem
dynamics in a north, temperate bog lake in northern Wisconsin, USA. This dataset resulted from
a snow removal experiment that spanned the periods of ice cover on South Sparkling Bog during
the winters of 2019, 2020, and 2021. During the winters 2020 and 2021, snow was removed from
the surface of South Sparkling Bog using an ARGO ATV with a snow plow attached. The 2019
season served as a reference year, and snow was not removed from the lake. This dataset
represents under ice zooplankton community samples (integrated tows at depths of 7 m) and some
shoulder-season (open water) zooplankton community samples. Zooplankton samples were preserved
in 90% ethanol and later processed to determine taxonomic classification at the species-level,
density (individuals / L), and average length (mm).<br/>
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Socha, E. 2022. Lake snow removal experiment zooplankton community data, under ice, 2019-2021 ver 3. Environmental Data Initiative. Accessed 2023-06-04.


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South Sparkling Bog snow removal experiment: integrated zooplankton samples. These samples represent both under-ice and some shoulder-season (open water) samples from this study. Integrated zooplankton tows were taken at a depth of 7 m.