Tahoe Science Logbook: Winter weather does not stop research at Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Daily Tribune - April 17, 2017 - Everyone loves a big winter (especially when it follows a multi-year drought) and this was certainly a big winter. And despite technically being spring, there are plenty of days it still feels like winter. Skiers whoop through waist deep in powder, Lake Tahoe pours crystal clear water down the Truckee River, and UC Davis researchers pull their boat through the ice. ...more

Tahoe Scientist: 'We're living in a climate change affected world right now'
Sierra Sun - February 13, 2017 - Back in August the Sierra sun reported that researchers found that Lake Tahoe's temperature is rising at its fastest rate yet. Last week, we learned it isn't the only one. Researchers have found that temperatures are rising at a higher rate in mountain environments than they ...more

An advanced way of learning
Fremont Tribune - February 13, 2017 - It's not every day a person has the opportunity to see Fremont Public Schools' superintendent playing in a sand box, but that's exactly what Mark Shepard, and several other administrators, were doing prior to Monday's Board of Education meeting. Shepard and others, however ...more

Tahoe level up 2.83 feet in 2017
The Record-Courier - February 12, 2017 - More than 118 billion gallons of water was added to Lake Tahoe in the first six weeks of 2017. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 9, Tahoe's level rose 2.83 feet to 6,226.15 feet, more than 3 feet above the natural rim. A single warm storm on Dec. 9-11 added 8.69 billion gallons of water ...more

Sierra Nevada lakes hold climate clues
Reno Gazette-Journal - February 11, 2017 - Anyone with an internet connection can see temperature and air sampling data shows Earth is warming due to humans burning fossil fuels. But when it comes to learning what climate change means to pristine Sierra Nevada lakes tapping a keyboard isn't good enough. The estimated ...more

Tahoe Science Logbook: What is TERC?
Tahoe Daily Tribune - February 11, 2017 - "All visitors to this beautiful lake are struck with the extraordinary transparency of the water." - John LeConte, 1883. The clarity of Lake Tahoe has been significant for both literary and scientific notables, alike. Mark Twain's historic literary love for the clarity of Lake Tahoe is ...more

UC Davis TERC research boat gets facelift
Nevada Appeal - December 31, 2016 - In 1976, Dr. Charles Goldman received a grant from the National Science Foundation to build a scientific laboratory for the limnological research at Lake Tahoe. Appropriate land for the building site had been donated, plans had been prepared, but approval for ...more

Using Underwater Drones for STEM Education
KTNV Channel 2 news - December 3, 2016 - Teachers who’ve built drones at the Nevada STEM Underwater and Aerial Vehicle Computer Science Institute officially put their robots to use on Saturday. The program is aiming to make science and engineering fun for teachers and students. The teachers first ...more

American Water Resources Association Honors Geoff Schladow
DAVIS, Calif. - October 10, 2016 – Geoff Schladow, professor in the UC Davis Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the American Water Resources Association 2016 David R. Maidment Award for outstanding contributions to Water Resources Data and Information Systems. He received the award on July 13, 2016 at an American Water Resources Association ...more

Remarks by the President at the 20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit
The White House Office of the Press Secretary - August 31, 2016 - Hello, Tahoe! This is really nice. I will be coming here more often. My transportation won't be as nice but I'll be able to spend a little more time here. ...more

President Obama to attend to Lake Tahoe Summit in Nevada
KCRA - August 30, 2016 - Preparations are underway at Harvey's Casino outdoor amphitheater in Stateline, Nevada, for Wednesday's presidential visit. President Barack Obama is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Lake Tahoe summit. At the top of the agenda is keeping Lake Tahoe blue. ...more

AAAS Cites Lake Tahoe as Symbol of Need to Combat Climate Change
AAAS News - August 10, 2016 - The fastest rise ever recorded in the average water temperature of Lake Tahoe raises fresh concerns about the potential environmental, economic and health impacts of climate change, wrote AAAS CEO Rush Holt in a letter to a bipartisan group of seven Nevada and California members of Congress. Holt, who also serves as executive publisher ...more

Researchers ask public for old photos of Lake Tahoe algae (Official UC Davis Article Available here)
US News - August 8, 2016 - With all their modern scientific equipment and state-of-the-art computer models, researchers trying to better understand the effect of algae growth in Lake Tahoe are searching for new tools to aid in their mission — old photo ...more

2016 TAHOE STATE OF THE LAKE COVERAGE: July 27-AUG 5

(complete list available here)

Losing Lake Tahoe to climate change
Sacramento Bee - August 4, 2016 - As a young reporter, Mark Twain visited Lake Tahoe. Its clear, cobalt blue water so entranced him that he wrote of it later, in “The Innocents Abroad.” ...more

Warming Lake Tahoe Also Less Blue Report Finds
Courthouse News Service - August 1, 2016 - Climate change has caused a spike in the surface temperatures of Lake Tahoe, causing officials and environmentalists to fret over whether a warming planet will thwart their fight to keep Tahoe blue, according to a report. The University ...more

Climate change: Lake Tahoe warming faster than ever
Reno Gazette-Journal - July 29, 2016 - The biggest alpine lake in North America is warming faster than ever thanks in large part to a changing global climate. That’s according to scientists who study Lake Tahoe to produce reports on everything from water ...more

Lake Tahoe warming 15 times faster than long-term average
Seattle Times - July 29, 2016 - The average surface temperature of Lake Tahoe has risen faster over the last four years than any time on record — 15 times faster than the long-term warming rate over the past half century, scientists say. Continued warm and dry conditions contributed ...more

Warming at Alarming Rate, Lake Tahoe Reflects Rapid Sierra Climate Change
KQED Science - July 28, 2016 - Lake Tahoe is showing some severe impacts from the changing climate. Indicators released Thursday in the annual “State of the Lake” report packed a few surprises, even for scientists. For one thing, the lake has been warming faster than ever recorded. ...more

Scientists: Climate change tightening 'alarming' grip on Lake Tahoe
Sierra Sun Times - July 28, 2016 - Scientists on Thursday reported that Lake Tahoe experienced a year like no other in 2015, as evidenced by information in the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center’s annual “Tahoe: State of the Lake Report.” The report summarizes ...more

Scientists: Lake Tahoe Experienced a Record-Breaking Year in 2015 (Press Release)
UC Davis News - July 27, 2016 - Lake Tahoe experienced a year like no other in 2015, according to scientists from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center in its annual Tahoe: State of the Lake Report, released today. The report summarizes ...more

04/27/2016
High-tech sandbox puts research in the palm of your hands
University of California news: Visitors to Capitol Hill this week might have seen what appeared to be legislators playing with a sandbox. Granted, it was no normal sandbox: it was an augmented reality sandbox, an innovative teaching tool presented by a ...more

Media coverage of 2015 Tahoe Clarity Release

April 19 - April 21, 2016

Warmer Waters Contribute to Decline of Lake Tahoe Water Clarity in Annual Report
UC Davis Press Release - April 18, 2016 - Clarity levels at Lake Tahoe in 2015 declined in both summer and winter, due in part to warmer waters, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, who have studied the lake for the last half-century ...more

Researchers: Rain, lack of snow caused murkier Lake Tahoe
The Baytown Sun - April 20, 2015 - Researchers say warmer water flowing into the lake on the Nevada-California border made it less transparent, in part because substantially more rain than snow fell last year. Water clarity measured by lowering a white ...more

Researchers: Lack of Snow Hurt Lake Tahoe Clarity in 2015

Capital Public Radio News - April 19, 2016 - Researchers say a lack of snow is likely to blame for the reduction of 4.8 feet in clarity. Geoff Schladow is with the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. According to him, snow runoff is so cold it carries particulates ...more

Researchers: Rain, lack of snow caused murkier Lake Tahoe
Clay Center Dispatch - April 20, 2016 - Researchers say the waters of Lake Tahoe grew murkier in 2015, in part because of a lack of mountain snow. The University of California, Davis, researchers say warmer waters flowing into the lake on the Nevada-California border ...more

Lake Tahoe's clarity declines by 4.8 feet
Lake Tahoe News - April 19, 2016 - Lake Tahoe is getting warmer and that is not a good thing for its clarity. In 2015 the pristine waters got a little less so in summer and winter, according to data released April 19 by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center ...more

Lake Tahoe's clarity decline blamed on rainy weather
Las Vegas Review-Journal Capital Bureau - April 25, 2016 - Lake Tahoe's famed waters lost clarity in 2015, due in part to warmer waters and more rain than snow the previous winter, researchers said Tuesday. The annual report released by the Tahoe Environmental Research ...more

Lake Tahoe water clarity declined in 2015
Daily Democrat - April 19, 2016 - Clarity levels at Lake Tahoe in 2015 declined in both summer and winter, due in part to warmer waters, according to researchers at UC Davis, who have studied the lake for the last half-century. Data released Tuesday by the UCD Tahoe ...more

Lake Tahoe water clarity declined in 2015
The Davis Enterprise - April 20, 2016 - Clarity levels at Lake Tahoe in 2015 declined in both summer and winter, due in part to warmer waters, according to researchers at UC Davis, who have studied the lake for the last half-century. Data released Tuesday by the UCD Tahoe ...more

Lake Tahoe Clarity Declines, But it's Not a Long-Term Trend
iHeartRADIO - April 19, 2016 - It was a little harder to see down into Lake Tahoe last year than it was the year before, and researchers say the drought is a contributor to the decline in Tahoe's clarity. The measurements taken through 2015 put Tahoe's average visibility ...more

Lack of snow made Lake Tahoe murkier last year
The Sacramento Bee - April 19, 2016 - The pristine blue waters of Lake Tahoe were murkier last year and researchers say a lack of mountain snow was likely to blame. UC Davis researchers announced Tuesday that Tahoe's clarity declined in both summer ...more

Scientists: Lake Tahoe's clarity declined nearly 5 feet in 2015
Tahoe Daily Tribune - April 20, 2016 - Clarity levels at Lake Tahoe in 2015 declined in both summer and water, due in part to warmer waters, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, who have studied the lake for the last half-century. ...more

Lake Tahoe's clarity drops five feet
South Tahoe Now - April 20, 2016 - Warmer water led to a loss in clarity of Lake Tahoe in 2015, according to data released Tuesday by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The average annual clarity ...more

Researchers: Rain, Lack of Snow Caused Murkier Lake Tahoe
Nevada Public Radio - April 21, 2016 - (AP)

Researchers say rain and lack of snow caused Tahoe murkiness
KOLO 8 - April 20, 2016 - (AP)

Researchers: Rain, lack of snow caused murkier Lake Tahoe
KSBY TV - April 20, 2016 - (AP)

Researchers: Rain, lack of snow caused murkier Lake Tahoe
KTNV Las Vegas - April 20, 2016 - (AP)

Researchers: Rain, lack of snow caused murkier Lake Tahoe
The Fresno Bee - April 20, 2016 - (AP)

Researchers say the waters of Lake Tahoe grew murkier in 2015, in part because of a lack of mountain snow
Greenfield Daily Reporter - April 20, 2016 - (AP)

Rain, lack of snow caused murkier Lake Tahoe
Las Vegas Sun - April 20, 2016 - (AP)

Researchers: Rain, lack of snow caused murkier Lake Tahoe
Merced Sun-Star - April 20, 2016 - (AP)

Researchers: Rain, lack of snow caused murkier Lake Tahoe
The Modesto Bee - April 20, 2015 - (AP)

Researchers: What caused murky Tahoe in 2015
Reno Gazette -Journal - April 20, 2016 - (AP)

Researchers say the waters of Lake Tahoe grew murkier in 2015, in part because of a lack of mountain snow
The Republic - April 20, 2016 - (AP)

Researchers: Rain, lack of snow caused murkier Lake Tahoe
SF Gate - April 20, 2016 - (AP)

Researchers: Rain, lack of snow caused murkier Lake Tahoe
San Luis Obispo Tribune - April 20, 2016 - (AP)

As with lakes around world, water temperature in Lake Tahoe rising
SF Gate - January 18, 2016 - Like hundreds of lakes around the world, Lake Tahoe has been warming steadily for more than 40 years, with surface temperatures rising faster than the global warming rate of oceans and the atmosphere, an international ...more

Citizen science doesn't stop cold: Lake Tahoe mobile app helps scientists year-round
UC Davis News and Information - November 19, 2015 - While hitting the slopes at Lake Tahoe this winter, scientists from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center are encouraging people to hit the beach, too - and record what they see on ...more

Lake Tahoe's Blueness, Quantified
The Atlantic - November 11, 2015 - Lake Tahoe is famous for its blueness, a fact that's celebrated on slick bumper stickers and in buckets of thick paint. "A noble sheet of blue water," Mark Twain wrote of Lake Tahoe in 1871, "As it lay there with the shadows ...more

Engineering Undergrad Wins Lake Tahoe App Contest
UC Davis College of Engineering - November 1, 2015 - The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) has launched a new smartphone app, “Citizen Science Tahoe,” that encourages beach-goers of all ages to tap in what they see at Lake ...more

Media coverage of Citizen Science Tahoe app 

Aug 19-20, 2015

Capital Public Radio – Insight - August 20, 2015 -  Interview with Geoff Schladow
Segment link: http://www.capradio.org/miniplayer?id=55680App to Help Scientists Analyze Lake Tahoe: http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2015/08/20/insight-082015b/


UC Davis launches app to crowdsource Lake Tahoe data
Sacramento Bee - ‎August 20, 2015 - The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center has launched a student-programmed app that can turn Lake Tahoe beachgoers into researchers. Citizen Science Tahoe is a free smartphone app through which the public can log information about what ...more

Three apps add to Lake Tahoe's visitor experience
Tahoe Daily Tribune - August 20, 2015 - When South Lake Tahoe native Morgan Simpson set out to develop a photo app for iPhone, he discovered it went beyond its initial purpose. The free app, freezify, which released Thursday, Aug. 20, lets users upload video or photos to their phone and ...more

Lake Tahoe mobile app lets visitors be citizen scientists

Davis Enterprise (also) Daily Democrat- August 20, 2015 - The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, or TERC, has launched a new smartphone app, “Citizen Science Tahoe,” that encourages beach-goers of all ages to tap in what they see at Lake ...more


Lake Tahoe mobile beach app lets visitors be citizen scientists
Tahoe Daily Tribune - ‎Aug 19, 2015‎ - “There are aspects of water and ecological quality that depend solely on the perceptions of individuals,” Geoff Schladow, director of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, said in a statement. “That is what this app is seeking to measure ...more

Lake Tahoe mobile app created by UC Davis lets beach-goers be citizen scientists

Carson Now - August 19, 2015 - The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center has launched a new smartphone app, “Citizen Science Tahoe,” that encourages beach-goers of all ages to tap in what they see at Lake Tahoe — observational data that will be shared with the scientists to better understand conditions around the ...more

UC Davis researchers want you to monitor Lake Tahoe for science

Sacramento Business Journal (also) Silcon Valley Business Journal - August 19, 2015 - With a new crowdsourcing app called Citizen Science Tahoe, visitors to Lake Tahoe can help researchers study the area.The smartphone app allows users to take pictures, as well as monitor water quality, plants and ...more

Lake Tahoe mobile app lets visitors be citizen scientists
UC Davis Press Release - August 19, 2015 - The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) has launched a new smartphone app, "Citizen Science Tahoe," that encourages ...more visit CitizenScienceTahoe.org to download the app.

2015 TAHOE STATE OF THE LAKE COVERAGE: JULY 23-AUG 3

The Surprising Reason Lake Tahoe is So Incredibly Blue
Huffington Post - July 30, 2015 - The second deepest lake in the United States, Lake Tahoe attracts tourists year-round with it's famous dark-blue waters, but how does it get that spectacular ...more

Neighborhood plots chemical assault as invasive weed spreads
Greenwire - July 29, 2015 - A weed invasion has sparked debate over the future of an iconic lake. At issue: Is Lake Tahoe's biggest threat invasive species or ...more

Tahoe: State of the Lake Report 2015
UC Davis News and Information - July 23, 2015 - Keep Tahoe blue? Less algae, not clarity, key factor for blueness. Researchers found the lower the algal concentration, the bluer the lake ...more

TERC has just released the Summer 2015 Newsletter

Lake Tahoe water clarity in 2014 the best in more than a decade
Clarity levels at Lake Tahoe in 2014 showed the biggest improvements in more than a decade, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, who have studied ...more

Nearshore Citizen Science App Development (Please submit your ideas)
TERC is developing a smartphone app focused on citizen science for Lake Tahoe to record visitor experience with the nearshore clarity, beach conditions, presence of algae ...more

Scientists: Tiny Tahoe Creatures Dying at Alarming Rate
Reno Gazette-Journal - January 15, 2015 - A first-of-its-kind circuit of lake designed to shed light on disappearing bottom dwellers.

New citizen-science exhibit coming to UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center
Press Release - September 18, 2014 - The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded $150,000 to the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center to create a new, interactive public exhibit at the Tahoe Science Center, located in Incline Village.

TAHOE SUMMIT MEDIA COVERAGE: Aug. 19-20

Lake Tahoe, Crown Jewel Of The West, Under Threat From Wildfires, Climate ...
Huffington Post - ‎Aug. 20, 2014 (AP)

Tahoe summit meets amid concern over lake level
Sacramento Bee – Aug. 19, 2014

Threats facing Tahoe include climate change, drought
Reno Gazette Journal - ‎Aug 19, 2014‎

Lake Tahoe's woes discussed at summit
Las Vegas Review-Journal - ‎Aug. 20, 0214

Officials attend 18th annual summit, say Lake Tahoe imperiled by wildfires
abc7news.com – Aug. 19, 2014

Tahoe Summit: Progress, But New Challenges
KOLO - ‎Aug. 19, 2014‎

Lake Tahoe Summit Focuses on Ecosystem Issues
KTVN - ‎Aug. 19, 2014‎

Officials: Lake Tahoe imperiled by wildfires, drought
KCRA Sacramento - ‎Aug 19, 2014‎

State, Federal Officials Sign Proclamation Supporting Fuel-Reduction Efforts ...
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) —CBS Local - ‎Aug 19, 2014‎

Lake Tahoe Challenged by Drought, Wildfires and Climate Change
French Tribune - ‎Aug. 20, 2014‎

Feinstein: Public-private partnership 'more important than ever'
Tahoe Daily Tribune - ‎Aug. 19, 2014

Officials say Tahoe imperiled by wildfires
San Diego Source (subscription) – Aug. 20, 2014

Lake Tahoe imperiled by wildfires
WTOP Aug. 20, 2014

Tahoe summit meets amid concern over lake level
Merced Sun-Star - ‎Aug. 19, 2014

Logging May Combat Lake Tahoe Wildfires
Design & Trend – Aug 20, 2014

Officials say Lake Tahoe imperiled by drought, wildfires, invasive species; seek ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - ‎Aug. 20, 2014

Lake Tahoe Facing Wildfire, Drought, and More
American Live Wire Aug. 20, 2014

Wildfires Ravaging Lake Tahoe, Logging May be the Answer
Nature World News - ‎Aug. 20, 2014‎

Public-private partnership 'more important than ever'
The Record-Courier - ‎Aug. 20, 2014‎

Lake Tahoe being challenged by drought, invasive species and Catastrophic ...
Maine News – Aug 20, 2014

Tuesday wake-up: 3 things you need to know
Reno Gazette-Journal - ‎Aug 19, 2014‎

Climate focus of Tuesday's Tahoe Summit
Reno Gazette Journal - ‎Aug 18, 2014‎

Agreement at the Summit: Bipartisan support for logging to reduce Lake Tahoe ...
The Union of Grass Valley - ‎Aug. 20, 2014‎

Gov. Brown says drought concerns helped build support for water bond
Los Angeles Times - ‎Aug 19, 2014‎

2014 STATE OF THE LAKE COVERAGE:

Summit with a view: How to help Lake Tahoe
McClatchy New Bureau - ‎Aug 16, 2014‎

Scientists scrutinize Tahoe's changing shore
Reno Gazette Journal - ‎Aug 14, 2014‎

UC Davis Scientists Say The Drought Has Helped Water Quality At Lake Tahoe
Capital Public Radio News - ‎Aug 14, 2014‎

Sen. Feinstein hosting 2014 Lake Tahoe Summit
The Record-Courier - ‎Aug 16, 2014‎

State of the lake
The Record-Courier - ‎Aug 16, 2014‎

UC Davis Releases Report: Tahoe: State of the Lake Report 2014 Finds Drought ...
Sierra Sun Times - ‎Aug 15, 2014‎

Report: Lake Tahoe clarity on track despite setback in 2013
Modesto Bee - ‎Aug 14, 2014‎

8/9/2014
State of the lake: High (tech) and dry at Tahoe 
Lowering a white disk off a boat and into Lake Tahoe’s blue waters was once the most widely used indicator of the lake’s clarity and health. Today, the Secchi disk...

7/9/2014
Non-native fish found at Lake Tahoe - Family brings aquarium fish in Griff Creek to scientists
Lucas McNamara, 7, was hiking around Griff Creek near Kings Beach Fire Station last week with his family when he saw a black, spiny fish, about 1-foot-long, lying dead in the creek. He ran up the creek bed, yelling, “Dad, you need to look at the big crazy fish! ...

3/25/2014
Long-term Secchi disk records show Lake Tahoe clarity decline has stabilized
Lake Tahoe is one of the clearest lakes in the United States, helped by the relatively small size of its surrounding watershed and the granitic basin it sits in.

3/19/2014
Underwater 3D movie gives a different view of Tahoe
Visitors to Lake Tahoe soaking up the view of the sparkling azure waters will get a close-up look beneath the surface in a new 3D movie being produced by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

3/13/2014
Lake Tahoe's long-term clarity trending toward stability
Clarity levels within the iconic blue waters of Lake Tahoe continued a decade-long trend of stabilization in 2013, according to University of California, Davis, scientists who study the lake. Data released today by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency reported the average annual clarity level for 2013 at 70.1 feet. While the reading represents a 5 foot decrease over the previous year, it is still well above the lowest value recorded in 1997 of 64.1 feet and above recent years' averages.

10/23/2013
Scientists present approach for evaluating and monitoring Lake Tahoe’s nearshore
Scientists today presented research findings and recommendations to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board that address Lake Tahoe’s aquatic nearshore environment and the heightened interest in understanding factors contributing to its apparent deterioration. The Lake Tahoe Nearshore Evaluation and Monitoring Framework, a project funded during Round 10 of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act in 2010, was prepared for the USDA Forest Service by more than a dozen scientists and technical advisers from the Desert Research Institute, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of California, Davis.

10/15/2013
KQED Special - Lake Tahoe: Can we save it?
Lake Tahoe’s famously blue waters – which make it the clearest lake of its size in the United States – attract three million visitors to California and Nevada each year. But decades of development, and now climate change, threaten this national treasure. This QUEST half-hour documentary takes you behind the scenes with the scientists working to keep the lake pristine and protect it for generations to come.

8/7/2013
Lake Tahoe’s annual health report: clarity, climate and new technologies
While clarity improved at Lake Tahoe for a second straight year in 2012, long-term trends show that climate change is impacting the Lake Tahoe Basin with drier years, less precipitation, higher lake temperatures and projected lower lake levels. These conclusions are found within the lake's annual health exam, "Tahoe: State of the Lake Report 2013," released today by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center at the University of California, Davis. UC Davis researchers have been continuously monitoring Lake Tahoe's clarity, physics, chemistry and biology since 1968. This long-term data set helps inform and measure progress toward Tahoe's restoration goals...

7/31/2013
Lake Tahoe sandbox exhibit brings watersheds to life
Hands dig in sand to form a new landscape on Monday in the interactive, augmented-reality sandbox exhibit at the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center...

7/29/2013
3-D sandbox exhibit brings watersheds to life at Lake Tahoe
Sandboxes have come a long way. A new interactive, augmented-reality exhibit brings watersheds to life at the University of California, Davis’ Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village...

2/27/2013
Lake Tahoe Clarity the Best in 10 Years
Lake Tahoe’s clarity improved in 2012 for the second year in a row, and its waters were the clearest in 10 years, according to University of California, Davis, scientists who study the lake. Last year’s average annual clarity level was 75.3 feet, or a 6.4-foot improvement from 2011, according to data released today by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

1/8/2013
Research reveals 'pulsating' currents in Lake Tahoe
Researchers from UC Davis deployed nearly two dozen floating sensors in November to track surface currents on the lake. Researchers have also created a model showing the currents speed up and slow down with a rhythm. Schladow said the model shows the currents moving "like the lake is breathing." 

1/4/2013
Climate change threatens Tahoe's snow levels, lake clarity
Lake Tahoe is "the fairest picture the whole earth affords," Mark Twain once wrote. Its crystal blue waters, surrounded by stunning snowy mountains, define one of California's crown jewels as an American landmark. It attracts 3 million skiers, boaters, campers, hikers and other visitors each year. But it could look very different in 100 years. Climate change could profoundly affect the Tahoe area, scientists say, taking the snow out of the mountains and the blue out of the water.

1/3/2013
New Climate Studies Project Sweeping Changes to Lake Tahoe
The warming climate could mean a Tahoe totally unlike what we know today. A suite of new studies projects temperatures much higher than previously forecast.

11/21/2012
Lake Tahoe's trees to be singed by rising temperatures
Hiking through parts of the Sierra Nevada Forest that embrace Lake Tahoe, it's difficult to imagine that the robust pine trees are in any kind of danger. The trees and shrubbery seem to cling to the rocky mountaintops in the most stubborn way. But as temperatures in the region have increased, research shows that tree populations have shifted and in some cases started to decline.

11/20/2012
An iconic lake and its region begin to feel impacts of climate change
Brant Allen is one of many to have been captured by Lake Tahoe's charm. For him, it turned a six-month research project into a 25-year career dedicated to preserving the clarity of the lake. On a scuba dive one night in winter... (PDF available here)

11/12/2012
Passive “Floating Robots” Will Go Wherever Lake Currents Take Them
Researchers at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), in collaboration with UC Berkeley, will undertake the first of a series of “drifter” experiments to better understand the surface currents of Lake Tahoe during the week of November 12 - 15, 2012.

10/31/2012
Tahoe project to eliminate Asian clams
The diver rose amid bubbles through the clear, blue-green waters of Emerald Bay on Tuesday and surfaced holding three tiny clams scooped from the sandy bottom of the world-famous inlet on the west shore of Lake Tahoe...

10/31/2012
Project attempts to smother invasive clams
Efforts are under way to rid Emerald Bay — perhaps Lake Tahoe's most iconic place — of an unwelcome visitor...

10/31/2012
Asian clams being suffocated to protect Emerald Bay
Asian clams are expected to always be a reality in Lake Tahoe. But an $810,000, yearlong project is under way to keep them from taking over Emerald Bay...

10/31/2012
At Tahoe, research gets spotlight
When UC Davis researchers Katie Webb and Brant Allan bubbled to the surface in scuba gear on Tuesday, they were greeted by two boatloads of news cameras and reporters...

10/17/2012
Warming Lakes: Effects of Climate Change Seen on Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of hundreds of lakes around the world in the midst of a warming trend. The effects of climate change are starting to complicate efforts to maintain the lake’s relatively pristine state, putting Tahoe’s sapphire blue water and its overall ecological health at risk...

10/16/2012
UC Davis scientists assemble 5 acres of mats for Tahoe Asian clam project
Rubber barriers bound for the lakebed of Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay are being assembled at the University of California, Davis, as part of the biggest Asian clam control project in the lake’s history.

10/5/2012
Warming Lakes: Barometers of Climate Change?
News reports about warming lake temperatures began to trickle into my world lakes news feed as the summer heated up this year. I read stories about warmer than normal lakes in North America and Europe, including lakes in Kansas, California, and Washington...

8/9/2012
Researchers find surprises in Lake Tahoe data
An annual report released Thursday detailing the status of Lake Tahoe's health and clarity has researchers rethinking some long-held assumptions and focusing on trends that may be linked to climate change...

8/9/2012
Climate impacts Lake Tahoe clarity and health
Despite an extreme weather year, overall clarity at Lake Tahoe improved in 2011. Yet underlying trends portray a more complex picture of the Lake Tahoe ecosystem, according to the annual “Tahoe: State of the Lake Report 2012,” released today by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center at the University of California, Davis. The data reveal how natural forces and human actions have affected the lake’s clarity, physics, chemistry and biology since 1968, when UC Davis first began continuous monitoring of Lake Tahoe...

2/29/2012
Lake Tahoe water clarity improved in 2011
Lake Tahoe clarity improved in 2011, but overall has remained nearly stable since 2000, according to UC Davis scientists who study the lake. Data released today by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental...

8/26/2011
UC Davis ranks among Sierra magazine Top 10 greenest colleges
The University of California, Davis, is greener and cooler this year, moving into the Top 10 of Sierra magazine’s annual ranking of the “greenest” colleges in the United States. UC Davis earned the eighth spot...

8/17/2011
Climate dimming clarity of Lake Tahoe
Geoffrey Schladow, professor civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis and director of the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, says that the decline in water clarity at Lake Tahoe could indicate an influence by new factors such as climate change.

8/16/2011
Lake Tahoe clarity dips, leaders summit
The decades-long effort to restore the clarity of Lake Tahoe stands at a critical juncture as leaders from California and Nevada meet today on the shores of the treasured lake to discuss its future. The meeting comes days after the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center released its annual study of the lake's clarity, reporting that last year's average clarity was the second-lowest ever recorded. 

08/12/2011
Climate change, algae make 2010 a tough year for Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe clarity dropped in 2010, but the rate of decline in clarity over the past decade remains slower compared with previous decades, according to UC Davis scientists who have monitored the lake for more than 40 years. Researchers say the findings underscore the need for increased monitoring and continued collaborative management of the lake by both California and Nevada. 

8/12/2011
Climate change may be muddying Lake Tahoe waters
Lake Tahoe's legendary clarity fell to its second-worst reading ever last year, just inches better than the record low measured 14 years ago when a $1.5 billion program to fix the lake's environment was launched. The average depth at which a 10-inch plate could be seen from a research boat was just 64.4 feet last year, a decline of 3.7 feet from the previous year. 

07/26/2011
Two States Protect Lake Tahoe, But One Eyes Changes
UC Davis sends out a research vessel to Lake Tahoe every 10 days in order to measure clarity and study its patterns. Biologist Brant Allen says that clarity readings have declined from a depth of 102 feet in the 1960s to an average of 70 feet in recent years...

11/23/2010
Lake Tahoe One of World's Fastest-Warming Lakes
A first-of-its-kind NASA study is finding nice cool lakes are heating up - even faster than air. Two NASA scientists used satellite data to look at 104 large inland lakes around the world and found that on average they have warmed 2 degrees (1.1 degree Celsius) since 1985... 

11/15/2010
New Tahoe Analysis Adds 'When' and 'How Much' To Climate-Change Forecasts
UC Davis scientists today issued the most detailed forecast to date of likely climate-change effects at Lake Tahoe, complete with estimates of when those effects might be seen and how big they might be. Their findings suggest that even under the most optimistic projections...

10/3/2010
Increase in algae on Lake Tahoe may not indicate long-term trend
Despite the appearance of more algae attached to submerged rocks in the near-shore areas of Lake Tahoe, scientists are reluctant to ascribe the apparent increase to actual population growth... 

9/20/2010
Successful removal of aquatic invasive weeds in Lake Tahoe
UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center is a partner in an effort to remove approximately one-third of the Eurasian watermilfoil infestation in Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay, using experimental technologies. The project, which entails covering approximately 8,500 square feet of lake bottom with 8' x 40' reusable bottom barrier strips and hand-removal of the remaining weeds, appears to be an early success... 

8/31/2010
Good news in annual Lake Tahoe health report
UC Davis researchers noted several bright spots in their annual Lake Tahoe health report, issued today: The 2007 Angora Fire had no significant impact on lake clarity; a small test of a method to kill invasive clams worked; the pollutant phosphorus was at its lowest level in 29 years; and free-floating algae in the lake have generally remained constant since 1996... 

8/19/2010
Low-Tech Experiment Appears to Be Smothering Lake Tahoe's Clam Invasion
America's most famous alpine lake may have rebounded from historically low water clarity over the last 15 years, but the scientists who look after Lake Tahoe's clear blue waters see no reason to gloat. They've turned their attention to a new foe: an invading clam... 

8/18/2010
Tahoe clarity linked to environment, economy
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., congratulated fire officials, environmentalists, state and local governments and private efforts for their work to save Lake Tahoe over the past decade. She noted that a UC Davis report released Monday found that while Tahoe's waters may be murkier than in previous decades, they haven't worsened in the past 10 years. The UC Davis study found the lake's waters were clear to an average depth of 68.1 feet in 2009, down from 102.4 feet in 1968, when the school began measurements. She said a goal is to restore Tahoe's clarity to 78 feet over the next 15 years... 

8/16/2010
Lake Tahoe clarity held steady in 2009
Lake Tahoe clarity held steady in 2009 for the ninth year in a row, but remains significantly poorer than in previous decades, according to UC Davis scientists who have monitored the lake for more ... 

7/16/2010
University restores Tahoe hatchery, opens second education center
UC Davis last weekend (July 10) opened a second education center at Lake Tahoe to further showcase the university’s environmental research at the majestic Sierra lake. More than 600 people turned out for the grand opening, held in conjunction with Children’s Environmental Science Day. The center is at the old California state fish hatchery just east of Tahoe City, on the lake’s California side... 

8/18/2009
Annual Tahoe Report Says Asian Clam Invasion Is Growing Fast
UC Davis' annual Lake Tahoe health report describes a spreading Asian clam population that could put sharp shells and rotting algae on the spectacular mountain lake's popular beaches, possibly aid an invasion of quagga and zebra mussels, and even affect lake clarity and ecology.

7/06/2009
Bob Richards Recognized for his Contributions to Keeping Tahoe Blue
Long-time scientist will be the recipient of the 2009 Dwight Steel Award On July 10th, 2009 at the Tahoe-Baikal Institute’s Annual Friendraiser dinner, Bob Richards will be recognized for his long service to Lake Tahoe. Richards was the Captain of the UC Davis research vessel John LeConte for more than 30 years, braving all sorts of miserable weather conditions to collect weekly data about Lake Tahoe’s clarity.

9/26/2008
Climate Change Alters Base of Tahoe Food Web
UC Davis researchers at Lake Tahoe this week published the first evidence that climate change alters the makeup of tiny plant communities called algae, which are the very foundation of the web of life in freshwater lakes.

9/25/2008
Invasive clams are getting closer look: Already in Lake Tahoe, Asian clams could help quagga mussels thrive
Tahoe Daily Tribune By Adam Jensen Relevance:
UC Davis researchers "have pointed to" invasive Asian clams as a possible source of nutrients that fed an algae bloom in Lake Tahoe's Marla Bay this summer, according to this article.

8/12/2008
Lake Tahoe Growing Warmer but Bluer Too, Report Says
Los Angeles Times By Tami Abdollah
According to a report released by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, the clarity of Lake Tahoe's waters was little affected by smoke and ash from last year's Angora fire.

8/13/2008
Lake Tahoe Clearer, But Report Mostly Bleak
San Francisco Chronicle
According to a report from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, the lake is slightly clearer this year, yet the effects of last year's Angora fire are still unknown. Geoffrey Schladow, director of the center, states in the introduction to the report that "Lake Tahoe is a complex ecosystem, and it behaves in ways we don't always expect."

8/13/2008
Lake Tahoe Bounces Back After 2007 Fire
Contra Costa Times By Paul Rogers John Reuter, a water quality scientist at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, states that a dry winter and few rainstorms helped prevent smoke and ash from entering the waters of Lake Tahoe. "While some smoke and ash did come into the lake, it didn't seem to affect the lake all that much," Reuter says.

7/10/2008
New Measurements of Toxics and Organics in Tahoe Smoke
To better understand the effects of catastrophic wildfires on the Lake Tahoe ecosystem, UC Davis researchers will install a fourth state-of-the-art air sampler at Lake Tahoe on Monday. The UC ...

5/12/2008
New Analysis Shows Important Slowdown in Lake Tahoe Clarity Loss
For the first time since researchers began continuously measuring Lake Tahoe's famed water clarity 40 years ago, UC Davis scientists reported today that the historical rate of decline ... 

4/25/2008
Amory Lovins Will Address Green Entrepreneurs Academy
Renowned energy expert Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute will be the keynote speaker at the 2008 UC Davis Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy, where doctoral students, post-docs and ...

3/24/2008
Warming Could Radically Change Lake Tahoe in 10 Years
A new UC Davis study predicts that climate change will irreversibly alter water circulation in Lake Tahoe, radically changing the conditions for plants and fish in the lake -- and it could happen in ...