Start date:
October 2012
End date:
January 2013
Dry Valleys
Principle Investigator:
Peter Doran
University of Illinois Chicago
This project is the “Lakes 2” component of the MCM LTER. Its primary focus is the physical limnology of the McMurdo Dry Valley lakes. This year’s goals are to (1) To upgrade and maintain long-term automated lake monitoring equipment; (2) Carry out manual lake hydrologic balance measurements (lake level and ablation); (3) Measure the movement of surface ice using high precision GPS; (4) Characterize signatures and patterns of benthic productivity (using SCUBA); and (5) Collect sediment and water samples for a suite of geochemical experiments.