How Do We Choose Our Study Lakes

September 11, 2019

By Grant Parkins There are 60 LOCSS study lakes in North Carolina, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts, France and Bangladesh. These lakes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some have developed shorelines, while others have very little development around them. … Continued

New Study Lakes in the Pyrenees of France

July 25, 2019

By Grant Parkins The LOCSS program began in 2017 with funding from NASA; we focused on studying natural lakes in North Carolina in our first year.  The goal of the project is to collaborate with citizen scientists to monitor how … Continued

LOCSS in Massachusetts!

June 24, 2019

by Grant Parkins On Wednesday, June 19, staff from the City of Worcester, Massachusetts installed a LOCSS lake gauge and sign in Bell Pond, a 10 acre lake located in the Bell Hill neighborhood of the city.  Senior Environmental Analyst … Continued

New LOCSS Study Lakes in Washington

June 21, 2019

by Grant Parkins In fall of 2018, the LOCSS team began studying lakes outside of North Carolina for the first time, when we put gauges in 12 lakes in the state of Washington.  During that time, we were able to … Continued

LOCSS Expands to Illinois!

May 31, 2019

By Grant Parkins Several LOCSS team members travelled to Illinois the week of May 13 to begin studying lakes in the northeastern portion of the state. The groundwork for studying lakes in the state actually began in November 2018 when … Continued

LOCSS Has Gone International

May 24, 2019

By Grant Parkins Back in November, we reported that LOCSS team member Faisal Hossain was working to expand the LOCSS program to Bangladesh.  We are pleased to report that our partners at the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), in collaboration with HMRC, … Continued

LOCSS at the Citizen Science Association Conference

May 1, 2019

By Grant Parkins In March, the Citizen Science Association held their conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.  More than 800 attendees from 28 countries attended to learn about the latest in the field of Citizen Science.  LOCSS team members Sarah Yelton, … Continued

Monitoring Lake Surface Area Using Satellites

February 27, 2019

By Sarina Little, Masters’ Student, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Geological Sciences Remote sensing is the use of satellites to scan the earth to gain information about our planet. The development of remote sensing techniques has vastly expanded our abilities to … Continued

What Lake Water Storage Can Tell Us About the Water Cycle

February 19, 2019

by Tamlin Pavelsky, Associate Professor of Geological Science, UNC-Chapel Hill 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, … Continued