NOAA Scientists Analyze Great Lakes Water Levels

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) scientists recently shared their insights on the great lakes water levels in an article in Science Magazine (March 7, 2014, issue).

Water levels dropping Rising water temperature and evaporation contributes to decline in lake levels. The vertical gray bar represents the period of El Niño influenced warming. (NOAA)

Water levels dropping
Rising water temperature and evaporation contributes to decline in lake levels. The vertical gray bar represents the period of El Niño influenced warming. (NOAA)


In the past, water level fluctuations have been the result of varying amounts of precipitation. Now with global climate change, new factors are driving level changes.

A summary of their work is available on line at the NOAA OAR Research website. Or read the article in Science for a thorough discussion of their work and findings.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.