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Global Lake and Reservoir Morphology

Lakes and reservoirs are often lumped in macroscale limnological anayses, but a growing body of work highlights key differences in basic physical properties of these systems. We are particularly interested in how differences such as fetch and shoreline length may affect the sensitivity of these systems to climate drivers. This is because is because morphology affects fetch and mixing patterns, which in turn affect basic physical processes such as stratification, warming, etc. This project uses open datasets (e.g., HydroLAKES, Globolakes, etc.) to assess global patterns in lake and reservoir morphology. A second phase of this project may explore the use of satellite data to link some of these morphometric properties to satellite-based estimates of basic water quality parameters.

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2018-12-06 to 2020-12-31
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