A new study on lake clarity across eight Midwestern states relies solely on data from citizen scientists.
WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Noah Lottig, a research scientist based at the UW Madison Trout Lake Station, about the study’s significance.
The records dated back to the late 1930s and spanned eight Midwestern states. The trend across more than three thousand lakes was a slight increase in water clarity. And in Wisconsin and Minnesota, that trend was stronger in the northern regions.
Many people come to the Northwoods to get away from the rest of the world.
But at the University of Wisconsin Limnology Research Station at Trout Lake, scientists are trying to do just the opposite.
Since 2004 Director Tim Kratz has been one of the pioneers putting together a network of limnologists, or scientists studying lakes, around the world. It’s called GLEON, the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Kratz to talk about how GLEON is part of a changing way of doing science.