What we eat, how we dress, where we work and play, our forests, streams, lakes and landscapes are all influenced by climate. Now the rules are changing at Lake Tahoe and around the world.
The 21st century climate is expected to impact the air temperature, amount and type of precipitation, stream discharge, sediment and nutrient loading, lake temperature, lake mixing, water quality, biodiversity and aquatic invasive species.
Continuous monitoring of Lake Tahoe since 1968 provides a unique record of change for one of the world’s most beautiful yet vulnerable lakes. Combined change with more than one hundred years of meteorological data, it is possible to look for the impacts of the changing climate on the state of the lake.
1. Slow the rate of oxygen depletion by reducing nutrient inputs
2. Sequester nutrients and sediments in floodplains away from the lake
3. Accelerate the pace of clarity recovery