Check Out Our New Name!

August 17, 2018

We are excited to announce our new name, Lake Observations by Citizen Scientists & Satellites, or LOCSS for short! We made this change to better reflect the essence of our work, and accentuate the partnership between volunteers (that’s you!) and … Continued

What Have We Learned About Our Citizen Scientists?

May 24, 2018

By Grant Parkins When we began the Lake Level Monitoring Project, we knew that our team couldn’t possibly get all of the lake level measurements we would need on our own. It would require more time and money than we … Continued

1,000 Lake Level Measurements!

May 22, 2018

Recently, the Lake Level Monitoring Project reached a major milestone, receiving the project’s 1,000th lake level measurement.  A citizen scientist texted the level for Great Lake in the Croatan National Forest, North Carolina. at 12:56 PM on Monday, May 14. Great Lake … Continued

LLMP Welcomes A New Team Member

April 26, 2018

When we received word that our project was funded for an additional 3 years, we were excited about the possibility of continuing to study lakes in North Carolina as well as expanding to new lakes in the United States, Europe, … Continued

Lake Level Monitoring Project Receives $1.5M NASA Grant

April 24, 2018

NASA recently announced that the Lake Level Monitoring Project is one of 6 citizen science projects that will receive funding through its Citizen Science for Earth Systems Program.  The nearly $1.5 million award will allow us to continue our project for … Continued

Can Citizen Scientists Provide Accurate Data?

January 20, 2018

By Grant Parkins and Sarah Yelton Those of you who have interacted with us in person or on the website have heard us use the term “citizen scientist” to describe the volunteers who are out there taking lake level measurements … Continued

2017: By The Numbers

January 15, 2018

2017 was a great year for the Lake Level Monitoring Project.  After learning that this project received funding from NASA, we began the work of building a network of partners and citizen scientists to learn more about our lakes.  We … Continued

The Lake Level Monitoring Project at AGU

December 20, 2017

By Grant Parkins From December 11-15, members of the Lake Level Monitoring Project team travelled to New Orleans to participate in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting. More than 20,000 people attended the meeting, which is the largest earth … Continued

Lake Waccamaw: A North Carolina Treasure

December 12, 2017

by Julia Maron, Environmental Studies Major at UNC Chapel Hill, Class of 2019 Lake Waccamaw covers roughly 9,000 acres in Columbus County, North Carolina. It is one of the largest Carolina Bay lakes, and was established as a North Carolina State Park in 1976. … Continued

Are Jones Lake and Salters Lake Hydrologic Twins?

November 20, 2017

By Tamlin Pavelsky, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences, UNC – Chapel Hill Of all the lakes we’re studying, two seem like they should be the most closely related: Jones Lake and Salters Lake, both a little north of Elizabethtown in … Continued