The Lake Level Monitor 

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

What Can LOCSS Teach Us About The Water Cycle?

We believe that lakes are sensitive to changes in the overall water cycle.  When we get more rain, lake levels go up.  When it’s hot and more water is evaporating, they go down. When a river connected to a lake floods, the lake will store more water. What lakes can tell us about the water cycle varies, though, depending on how many lakes we look at and the size of the region involved. Follow the link below to learn about what the amount of water stored in lakes can tell us about the water cycle.
By the Numbers: We are monitoring 25 lakes in using 31 gauges. To date,
289 citizen scientists have submitted 2252 lake height measurements.  

Monitoring Lake Surface Area Using Satellites

Remote sensing is the use of satellites to scan the earth and gain information about our planet. The development of new techniques has vastly expanded our abilities to monitor the earth and its natural resources, including water. As part of the LOCSS Project, we are using satellite imagery to monitor changes in the surface area of our study lakes.

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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 extra 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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Lake Level Monitoring Project
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