The Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) is dedicated to research, education
and public outreach on lakes and their surrounding watersheds and airsheds. Lake
ecosystems include the physical, biogeochemical and human environments, and the
interactions among them. The Center is committed to providing objective scientific
information for restoration and sustainable use of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
KQED Special: Lake Tahoe: Can we save it?
Lake Tahoe’s famously blue waters – which make it the clearest lake of its size in the United States – attract three million visitors to California and Nevada each year. But decades of development, and now climate change, threaten this national treasure.
This QUEST half-hour documentary takes you behind the scenes with the scientists working to keep the lake pristine and protect it for generations to come.[more...]
State of Climate Change Report 2013
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.
State of the Lake 2013 - Clarity, climate and new technologies
While clarity improved at Lake Tahoe for a second straight year in 2012, long-term trends show that climate change is impacting the Lake Tahoe Basin, with drier years, less precipitation, higher lake temperatures and projected lower lake levels.
Scientists present approach for evaluating and monitoring Lake Tahoe’s nearshore
Scientists presented research findings and recommendations to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board that address Lake Tahoe’s aquatic nearshore environment and the heightened interest in understanding factors contributing to its apparent deterioration.
The Lake Tahoe Nearshore Evaluation and Monitoring Framework, a project funded during Round 10 of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act in 2010, was prepared for the USDA Forest Service by more than a dozen scientists and technical advisers from the Desert Research Institute, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of California, Davis...[more...]
While the surface of Lake Tahoe can often appear deceptively calm and quiet, it is actually very dynamic. Here a three-dimensional computer model has been used to simulate the surface currents of the lake for a 2-1/2 day period during the summer. The currents are “driven” by the wind. [more...]
Visit the Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center in Incline Village to see the 3-D movie "Lake Tahoe in Depth" or "Mapping Change" now available in the 3-D Visualization Theater. You can see into the lake, under the water, and around the watershed. Lake Tahoe is affected by many impacts including urbanization, loss of clarity, invasive species and climate change. This tour provides the underlying geologic history of the basin for a better understanding of these issues. Come see it in 3-D or watch a low resolution, 2-D version of the movie (0:15:39) here.
The University of California, Davis, has monitored Lake Tahoe for nearly 40
years, amassing a unique record of change for one of the world’s most beautiful
and vulnerable lakes. In the UC Davis Tahoe: State of the Lake Report, we
summarize how natural variability and human activity have affected the lake’s
clarity, physics, chemistry and biology. More…