UC Davis underwater robot measures Lake Tahoe climate change


UC Davis is using an underwater robot with the hopes of understanding how climate change is affecting Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) deployed the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) earlier this month.

“One of the things that’s truly unique is the clarity of the water. Understanding the clarity is what drives a lot of the research up here,” UC Davis professor and researcher Alex Forrest said. “Long-term climate change and human effects are making an impact on the lake. And when I say impact, it’s not just changing the clarity, but it’s changing the dynamics of the ecosystem.”

More commonly known as a glider, the autonomous vehicle will coast 150 meters under Lake Tahoe’s surface, going back-and-forth taking measurements.

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