6/28/13

In the news: Lake George monitoring project could scale up to the Great Lakes

Researchers and resource managers in New York are currently working on a project that would turn Lake George "into the 'smartest lake in the world,'" collecting data and offering insights into runoff, water levels, and much more.

From WMBF News:
"Sensors analyzing the likes of stream runoff, rainfall, wind, currents, salinity, chlorophyll and nitrogen will be placed around Lake George this year and an IBM supercomputer will crunch the data to provide three-dimensional pictures of the lake. It's a model that scientists think could be used elsewhere, using a uniquely sophisticated monitoring system to help scientists predict the peril posed by threats like road salt and invasive species.

‘We can turn the lake back from the edge of the abyss,’ said Fund for Lake George executive director Eric Siy. ‘We do not have a complete picture of Lake George scientifically, and we need it.’
The advocacy group is joining IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Thursday to announce the comprehensive three-year project. Lake conditions will be monitored by a series of devices - some visible from land - including stream gauges, self-propelled underwater robots, weather stations, Doppler units and sensors running along lines anchored from buoys. The information will be fed into an IBM Blue Gene supercomputer along with data collected over the past 30 years about the chemical composition of the lake.
The same sort of research is being done around the Great Lakes, but not in such a concentrated fashion. Research on the massive lakes is moving in that direction, said Guy Meadows, director of Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center."
Follow the link above to read the complete story, and learn more about one of the current Lake Michigan monitoring projects IISG is involved in here.

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