Monitoring Lake Champlain to Assess Future Climate Change Impacts


February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017


This project examines the impact of climate change on Lake Champlain. The 24-month monitoring project focuses on the lake’s surface and internal climate. A data buoy, to be placed near Valcour Island, will be used to gather long-term high-frequency subsurface observations and meteorological data on the Main Lake. Temperature sensors suspended below the buoy will gather data from Spring to Fall on the vertical profiles of the lake’s thermal structure. In addition, two multiprobes - one placed near the surface and another lower in the hypolimnion - will continuously collect temperature, pH, conductivity and dissolved oxygen readings. The data will be transmitted from the buoys sensors via satellite to researchers at SUNY Plattsburgh. This project will provide a foundation for further assessment of Lake Champlain as a long-term climate monitoring program.

To view live data from the research buoy, please visit Eric Leibensperger's webpage


Eric M. Leibensperger
Associate Professor, SUNY Plattsburgh
eric.leibensperger [at]