Boat Captain Brant's favorite time of the day is bringing in the day's haul of zooplankton.

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 how and where plants and animals thrive in the lake. Researchers routinely measure these and other parameters (particles, dissolved oxygen, primary productivity, chlorophyll, zooplankton and others) to determine how the lake is responding to environmental and human influences. With decades of data and experience, TERC scientists are able to produce mathematical models that predict ecological shifts based on predicted future conditions.

Annual pattern of lake temperautre for upper 330 feet, in 2013, presented as contour plot. Water temperature profiles were measured (on dates indicated by dots) using a Seabird CTD instrument.