Lately, studying global warming just for my own benefit as a citizen, I’m looking at research from many institutions. Here is one of interest. For two years, more than 200 people worked on ten concurrent research project on the sustainability of Walker Lake in Northern Nevada. Scientists from the University of Nevada Reno and the DRI culminated findings after exploring the link between closed-basin lakes and climate change. Making up fifty percent of lakes on Earth, terminus or closed-basin lakes (such as Walker) are ones where water flows into but have no outlets for flowing out. Wallace Broecker, geochemist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, explained results at a symposium in 2009. Because water needs to be available worldwide, lakes are critical to research on global change. (There is a very small population around Walker Lake.) Now in peril, the lakes are becoming shallow and could either dry up completely or become saline water bodies. Geochemist Berry Lyons from the Byrd Polar Research says his worldwide research is similar. The aerial photo reveals the underpopulation. Few are using water.
Winter scene of Walker Lake below, courtesy of Bonnie Rannald: