A yellow buoy in the distance silently measured parameters such as water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, suspended sediments, and wind speed and direction, sending the information in near real-time to a computer onshore. We were getting a glimpse at the cutting edge of lake science, where researchers use sensors and other automated tools to collect high frequency data, in addition to more traditional field observations and measurements.
Another Meeting, Another Extreme Weather Event
For the third year in a row, an extreme weather event was a hot topic of discussion among locals hosting the international meeting of lake scientists.
The first instance was at the GLEON 13 meeting on Lake Sunapee, in the foothills of the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the U.S. The October 2011 meeting was held at a time when the entire New England region was recovering from the lashing of tropical storms Irene and Lee. Scientists studying nine lakes affected by the storms later compared their high frequency data.
The second extreme weather event was discussed at the GLEON 14 meeting in Mulranny, County Mayo, Ireland, in 2012. During a field trip to Lough Feeagh and the Burrishoole Catchment, near Newport, we heard about an intense storm in 2009. This well-documented storm will be the topic of a future post about the ecological effects of these episodic weather events.