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.
Much of the recreational activity in the NHLD centers around boating on many of the 7500+ lakes in the region. NTL-LTER is now collecting longitudinal data on the relationship between this important user group and the lakes of the NTL-LTER. In the 2011 season, we intercepted 1700 boaters at 136 lakes in Vilas and Oneida counties, ultimately receiving logbooks documenting over 5900 trips taken by 834 participants.
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.