Researchers find that world's largest lake sheds light on ecosystem responses to climate variability

thumbnail photo of a young nerpa seal curled on the ice of Lake Baikal in SiberiaScientists have discovered that Siberia's Lake Baikal, the world's oldest, deepest, and largest freshwater lake, provides insight into the ways that climate change affects water temperature, which in turn affects life in the lake.

Influence of Long-Distance Climate Teleconnection on Seasonality of Water Temperature in the World's Largest Lake - Lake Baikal, Siberia
Stephen L. Katz, Stephanie E. Hampton, Lyubov R. Izmest'eva, Marianne V. Moore
PLoS ONE 6(2): e14688 16 Feb 2011

Media coverage of this study:
Santa Barbara Independent: World's deepest lake mimics the ocean (Feb 19, 2011)
Discovery News: Siberia's Lake Baikal feeling the heat (Feb 18, 2011)
Science Daily: World’s Largest Lake Sheds Light on Ecosystem Responses to Climate Variability (Feb 18, 2011)
China Meterological Administration: government news (Feb 21, 2011)
Scientific Computing: World's largest lake sheds light on ecosystem responses to climate variability
Daily Nexus: Siberian Lake Ecology Linked to Atmosphere (Mar 1, 2011)
Duluth News Tribune: Rising water temps not unique to Lake Superior (Jun 1, 2011)

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Posted on February 16, 2011