Lake Superior Warming

Ecology and Environment

MSI PI Jay Austin (UMD, Large Lakes Observatory) appeared on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) to discuss Lake Superior’s near-record warmth during the summer of 2016. Researchers have found that surface-water temperatures on the Great Lakes are rising, a phenomenon that is related to the amount of ice the lakes develop during the winter.

Professor Austin uses MSI resources for computational modeling of lake thermal structure and ice formation as related to winter temperatures, and for development of a modeling framework for the St. Louis Estuary/Duluth Harbor/Lake Superior system.

MPR’s story can be found on their website.