North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research studies the ecology of lakes as one of a network of sites established by the National Science Foundation. We are interested in how biophysical setting, climate, and changing land use and cover interact to shape lake characteristics and dynamics over time (past, present, future).
Our primary study sites include a set of seven northern Wisconsin and four southern Wisconsin lakes and their surrounding landscapes. The project, which started in 1981, is administered by the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
NTL-LTER is an active participant in the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, a project that was initiated in the fall of 2007 to assess and anticipate the impact of climate change on Wisconsin’s natural resources, ecosystems and regions. The primary mission of WICCI is to evaluate risks and vulnerabilities in each of these areas and to develop strategies for adaptation that can be used in natural resource management, municipal decision making, economic development, public health, and other critical components of Wisconsin’s quality of life. WICCI is governed by a Science Council whose 22 members are chosen from an array of disciplines within the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and other state and federal agencies, universities and institutions. The primary function of the Science Council is to organize and coordinate Working Groups that have the scientific expertise to assess climate change ....
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #DEB-1440297, NTL LTER. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.