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.
Harmful algal blooms are a globally pervasive problem, and with a changing climate are expected to be an increasing concern. Because of this rising concern, scientific understanding is becoming ever more important to improve prediction and inform management decisions. Spatio-temporal dynamics of algal blooms remain poorly understood, largely due to multiple drivers, sampling limitations, and spatial variability itself. Observations of near shore blooms or scums can differ widely from pelagic areas of a lake, where most sampling occurs. With the advent of new rapid sampling technologies, sampling regimes can be augmented with rapid fluorescence sampling of algal pigments (chlorophyll and phycocyanin) that can substantially improve spatial and temporal sampling scopes.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #DEB-0822700, 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.