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Tiny satellites reveal water dynamics in thousands of northern lakes

15 February 2019

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In a finding that has implications for how scientists calculate natural greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds that water levels in small lakes across northern Canada and Alaska vary during the summer much more than was assumed.

Using an army of small satellites, researchers have shown that water levels in small lakes across northern Canada and Alaska are far more variable during the summer than previously thought. The findings, published in Geophysical Research Letters, could have implications for how scientists calculate the natural greenhouse gas emissions from these northern lakes.

Source: Brown University

Image credit: Planet - A new study uses CubeSats to measure short-term changes in northern hemisphere lakes.

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