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  • Enviornmental Fluid Mechanics Lab
  • Microbia Ecology Lab
  • Geological Engineering Lab
  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  •     US National Park Service 

                      Little Sand Bay

            ADV - ADCP- OBS preparation

                  GPR - measurements

                 Wind Sensor deployment

                Sediment setting tube

                   Sea Cave survey
    Field Assessment of Impacts of Changing Climate in Great Lakes

      Changing climate in recent studies show a trend in low lake levels, shorter ice-covered periods, and increasing extreme storm events in Lake Superior. However little is known on the impacts of changing climate on nearshore (i) wave action and circulation, (ii) sediment transport and sub-bottom geological substrates, and (iii) water quality and habitats/ microbial activities. This summer class offer an inter-disciplinary opportunity to address these impacts. The class would consist of two sub-section: (1) general introduction for changing climate, monitoring instruments, and data analysis technique, (2) one-week field work at the nearshore areas in Lake Superior (Little Sand Bay Harbor, Sea Cave, and Michigan Islands); Finally the assessment with the measured data would be posted on the web.         

      Goals for this course are :
      • Address the impacts of changing climate on the nearshore area in Lake Superior through literature review, data compiling, collection, and analysis.
      • Use state-of-the art field/lab instruments to conduct water, geological, and environmental assessments.
      • Learn and use the-state-of-art data analysis techniques (time series analysis, spectral analysis, Hilbert and wavelet analysis, and statistics) to assess the impacts of changing climates 


               Many thanks for the funding provided by UW-College of Engineering and UW-Civil and Environmental Engineering

            Michigan Island Survey

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