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Seasonal Evolution of Thermal Structure and Gas Concentrations in Western Lake Superior: Implications for Carbon Cycling

Does Lake Superior absorb carbon dioxide or emit it into the   atmosphere (is it a sink or a source)? We don't know. To find out,   researchers plan to moor instruments in Western Lake Superior to   measure seasonal variability in thermal structure and the   distribution of oxygen and carbon dioxide. The results will help   them develop and test a mathematical model for predicting annual   temperature and gas cycles. Researchers will also evaluate what kind   of carbon cycling happens in the lake through their observations and   the model's predictions. Understanding the carbon cycle will help us   better determine the lake's response to climate change and external   factors.

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Erik BrownPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 2 projects
Agencies
Michigan Sea Grant College Program $ 83,000.00USDEstimates

Funding 2 projects for a total of $163,000.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Physical/Chemical
Processes
Natural Ecological Processes
Natural Physical/Geological Processes
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Superior
State Province
Minnesota
Annex Numbers
Airborne Toxic Substances
Surveillance and Monitoring
Annex 17
Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants
General
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Airborne Toxic Substances
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants

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