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Lake levels and drought indices in northern Wisconsin: data, graphs, and photographs.

These materials include 25-year records of lake levels in 7 lakes in Northern Wisconsin, Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) and precipitation; graphs illustrating changes in lake levels over time; photographs of drought conditions in these lakes; supporting text and a list of related scientific articles.

Materials (see Associated files) could be used to illustrate two different ecological concepts/processes.
1) These data and graphics provide an example of the effects of a changing climate on aquatic ecosystems. The declines in lake levels observed in some lakes during drought has been dramatic, and have a range of ecological effects, some examples of which are described above.

2) The data set provides an example of a central tenet of landscape ecology: that the spatial position of an ecosystem within the surrounding landscape affects the properties of the ecosystem- in this case, a lake’s response to changing climate.
Associated files
Special Collection
Primary or BEN resource type
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords lake, data, PDSI, drought
Intended End User Role
Educational Language
Pedagogical Use Category
Pedagogical Use Description n/a
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Full Name of Primary Author n/a
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation University of Wisconsin
Primary Author email
Rights Author retains copyright.
Review type
Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection On
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
Big Data Collection Off
Editors Choice No
Resource Status
Date Of Record Submission 2009-11-09
I Agree to EcoEdDL's Copyright Policy & Terms of Use No
Date Of Record Release 2010-02-16 01:46:05
Last Modified By Id
  • mcmilla
Date Last Modified 2013-04-23 14:20:32
Release Flag Published

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