Climate change and lake temperature in the Sierra Nevada: There’s no business like snow business
- 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
- Feb 09, 2017
- UC Davis Tahoe Science Center
Water temperature regulates a broad range of fundamental ecosystem processes in lakes. While climate can be an important factor controlling lake temperatures, in many lakes, water temperatures are responding differently than air temperatures. We analyzed multiple decades of climate and water temperature data from a high-elevation catchment in the southern Sierra Nevada to illustrate the magnitude of warming taking place and to demonstrate the role of winter snow-pack in regulating lake temperatures.