Monitoring

The University of California, Davis has conducted continuous monitoring of Lake Tahoe since 1968, amassing a unique record of change for one of the world's most beautiful and vulnerable lakes.

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ATMOSPHERIC DEPOSITION

Approximately every 10 days TERC researchers exchange a bucket atop a large research buoy located near the middle of Lake Tahoe. The bucket is partially filled with deionized water and...more

LAKE MONITORING

There are many factors influencing the clarity and ecology of Lake Tahoe. Temperature, light transparency, and the nutrient concentrations available for algae growth all effect...more

METEROLOGY OF LAKE TAHOE

Knowing the meterology that drives motions and heat exchange in a lake is an essential component of understanding its behavior. Since the 1990's, TERC has been installing...more

REAL TIME MONITORING OF LAKE TAHOE

A vertical array of temperature, pressure, and dissolved oxygen measuring instruments is installed at a depth of 130 meters off the west shore of Lake Tahoe, adjacent to...more

PERIPHYTON MONITORING

Researchers from TERC monitor levels of attached algae (periphyton) growth around the lake five times per year. Periphyton is collected from submerged rocks at 9 routine sites while snorkeling...more

STORM-WATER PROJECTS

Storm-water monitoring projects include efficiency studies on Best Management Practices (BMP's) for controlling urban runoff  as well as testing the effectiveness of management activities. Storm water studies are designed to quantify the...more

STREAM MONITORING IN THE TAHOE BASIN

TERC and USGS researchers visit long-term stream monitoring stations to collect water samples and make measurements throughout the year. The collections are part of the Lake Tahoe...more

WATER CLARITY

Lake Tahoe is known around the world for its famed water clarity, eliciting awe from millions of visitors each year. UC Davis researchers have been monitoring the changes in lake clarity for the past 50 years using a Secchi disk...more

HOMEWOOD REAL TIME DATA

We are recording high resolution, real-time temperature, DO concentration, and water depth measurements using a thermistor chain located off the western shore of Lake Tahoe. When the lake...more