The Lake Level Monitor 

LOCSS Project Newsletter
December 2019
The Lake Observations by Citizen Scientists & Satellites project seeks to better understand how the quantity of water in lakes is changing.

Do We Need Lake Height Measurements in Winter?

Winter is here, and for the first time since the LOCSS project began in 2017, we have study lakes in areas that can expect significant freezing.   While lakes in North Carolina and western Washington may experience brief periods of freezing, our study lakes in Illinois, Massachusetts, and France, as well as those in higher elevations of Washington, will likely freeze for long periods of time.  We were recently asked by a citizen scientist: "Do we still submit lake height measurements in winter?"
By the Numbers: We are monitoring 62 lakes in using 68 gauges. To date,
1131 citizen scientists have submitted 4965 lake height measurements.  


The American Geophysical Union's fall meeting is the world's largest earth and space science meeting.  More than 20,000 people traveled to San Francicso for the meeting and the LOCSS team was there to share our work!  

Happy Holidays!

The LOCSS team would like to wish you and yours a peaceful and joyous holiday season.  We are thankful that you have taken an interest in our work in 2019, and we wish you a happy and successful 2020.  

Target Monitoring Dates

Any lake height measurements that are provided are useful & help us better understand the lake.  But measurements that are taken on certain days are even more useful because we can pair them with satellite data to determine how the volume of water in the lake has changed.  To find out when these target dates occur for your lake, follow the link below.

Target Dates 


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