The New York State Water Resources Institute has awarded a grant to the Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of SUNY Oneonta in the amount of $7,105 in support of the project entitled “Otsego Lake Water Quality Constant Monitoring System” under the direction of Principal Investigators Dr. Kiyoko Yokota and Paul Lord (Biology/Biological Field Station). A brief description of the project follows.
It has been well established that the changing climate is affecting water temperatures in lakes, which affect timing and amplitude of thermal stratification and nutrient availability for primary producers. Rising water temperatures are often associated with negative water quality outcomes such as the establishment and proliferation of invasive species from warmer climatic zones and harmful algal blooms (HABs), which are typically caused by cyanobacteria that outcompete other types of algae at higher temperature. To date, water quality studies in Otsego Lake have been limited to ice-free seasons. Through this project, a SUNY Oneonta graduate student and an undergraduate student will conduct limnological research, under the guidance of two SUNY Oneonta faculty members, to supplement current water quality preservation efforts by collecting and analyzing year-round high-resolution temperature and light data for Otsego Lake. The collected data will be contributed to relevant research projects carried out by the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) at local, regional and global scales, which synergistically aim to better predict future changes in lake ecosystems around the world in response to the changing climate and to use such information to sustainably manage global water resources.