Lake of the Sky: USGS Tahoe Basin Science





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Published on Aug 11, 2011


A documentary film highlighting recent and past USGS research in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The program was produced for screening and release at the 2011 Lake Tahoe Summit. It features USGS science activities conducted by hydrologists, geologists, geographers, computer modelers, and biologists, among others. The story is told through the use of narration, expert interviews, graphics, animations, incredible video imagery and time-lapse video. USGS science detailed in the story includes water quality monitoring, streamgaging, Lake Tahoe bathymetry, aerial LiDAR, historic use of aerial photography, and the Tahoe Land Use Simulation Model. This wide range of consistent, reliable, long-term data and maps are crucial for evaluating and maintaining the lake and basin. The films concluding message is: "USGS researchers are working to rapidly deliver the best science possible in the on-going effort to protect, preserve and restore the spectacular National Treasure, Lake Tahoe".

Contact smwess@usgs.gov for information on non-USGS photos or video contained within the video.

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