Tahoe Environmental Research Center

  • TERC is studying two lakes, Cherry Lake and Lake Eleanor, within the heart of the burn area and several lakes to the north that were impacted by smoke during the fire event.

    TERC's Rim Fire study examines two lakes, Cherry Lake (pictured here) and Lake Eleanor, within the heart of the burn area

  • Surface Currents Study

    TERC Director Geoff Schladow launches a drogue to track surface currents in the lake

  • TERC researchers Shohei Watanabe and Katie Webb prep a Van Dorn Sampler in order to collect water samples at specific depths

  • Discover how the subtle phases of native plants are an indication of climate change at the Tahoe City Demonstration Garden

  • Kokanee salmon as viewed underwater using the new GoPro 3D camera set-up

  • TERC Education Team hosts "An Inconvenient Booth" about climate change impacts at Lake Tahoe at the Tahoe Summit on August 19, 2013

  • Researcher and Boat Captain Brant Allen conducts Secchi Disk measurement of Lake Tahoe clarity aboard the Research Vessel

  • High school students in the Youth Science Institute learn how to analyze water samples for nutrients

  • 2014 Science Expo participants learn how the tilt of the Earth's axis causes the Earth to have seasonal changes

  • Young visitors in the Tahoe Science Center's 3D theater dive into Lake Tahoe without getting wet

  • Fourth graders on a field trip to the Tahoe Science Center learn how to model a real Tahoe food web

  • Students on a field trip to the Tahoe Science Center learn about different lakes in the world

  • Martin Fry climbs high to collect forestry data that will give insight to drought adaptations in Tahoe trees

  • Launching these drifters afloat gives scientists insight into Lake Tahoe's system of rotating currents

  • By analyzing the amount of nutrients in water from many depths, we are able to measure natural and human induced changes in the lake

  • The Aqua Dopp HR, borrowed from the University of Iceland, measures currents by comparing sound shift

  • An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle called a Glider prepares to embark into the depths of Lake Tahoe for an 11 day mission

  • Research buoy used to calibrate temperature measurements on NASA satellites and serve as a valuable resource for scientists studying the lake

  • TERC's Education and Outreach team at UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science (Kristen Reichardt, Kylee Wilkins, Alison Toy, and Kelsey Poole)

  • Dr. Charles Goldman presents former Vice President Al Gore a copy of his newest book "Climatic Change and Global Warming of Inland Waters: Impacts and Mitigation for Ecosystems and Societies"

  • UC Davis Graduate Student Derek Roberts tests nearshore water monitoring equipment to ensure data properly transmit back to his computer

  • TERC research diver takes a closer look at the invasive curly leaf pondweed growing in the Tahoe Keys

Science to Save the Lake

The Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) leads research on the water quality, physical processes and ecology of Lake Tahoe and its watershed. Based on over half a century of lake monitoring and research combined with a network of real-time sensors, Lake Tahoe is offering new understanding of how our precious freshwater ecosystems are responding to change. Our education and outreach programs bring this research to the public through the Tahoe Science Center and special events. TERC’s findings and methods are used to support policy decisions at Lake Tahoe and to aid research efforts at other lakes around the world. TERC is internationally recognized for its multidisciplinary, collaborative research on lakes and their surrounding watersheds. Formed in 2004, TERC continues and expands on the work previously conducted by the Tahoe Research Group (TRG).