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Thermal profiles and mixing in ponds

Ponds vastly outnumber larger lakes worldwide, yet we understand little about pond chemistry, biology, and physics relative to lakes.  The aim of this project is to study the ecological and physical parameters of ponds to evaluate what (if anything) makes them different from lakes.  Our primary goal is to evaluate thermal profiles and mixing regimes in ponds.  Thermal profiles and mixing are critical for understanding many chemical and biological phenomena in ponds, including nutrient recycling, primary production, greenhouse gas emissions, and oxygen dynamics.  We are especially interested in evaluating which pond characteristics, such as surface area, depth, water clarity, macrophytes, and productivity, best explain physical observations.  To address this research question, we are conducting field campaigns in 2018 and 2019 along with compiling existing data sources.  We are interesed in data from all ponds (typically <3 m max depth and <0.5 km2), and look forward to our dataset representing ponds with diverse characterstics (e.g., productivity, water clarity, size).Join us on social media: #PONDING

2017-11-30 to 2020-12-31

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