2013 TERC News Coverage

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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." 

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.

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.