2012 TERC News Coverage

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.

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)

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...