Landscape limnologists study freshwater relationships

By on February 17, 2012

The study of inland freshwater lakes and streams is beginning to focus more on the relationships between water bodies instead of just individual lakes and streams, according to a Greening of the Great Lakes interview with Michigan State University fisheries and wildlife professor Patricia Soranno.

The field’s increased focus on entire water systems is called landscape limnology, and it integrates the work of hydrologists, computer scientists, and statisticians. Social science is also included in order to better understand how people use and impact water bodies.

Soranno is working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to apply the landscape method to setting nutrient standards


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