California’s Lake Tahoe warms rapidly threatening its ecology

A new State of the Lake report expressed concern over Lake Tahoe of California warming very rapidly. According to its claims, increasing temperature of the lake at rate about 15 times its historic average would threaten clarity of lake by bringing changes to its ecology. This probably is a concerning news for those who use the lake for recreational purpose.

Not only to those looking at lake as recreational source could be feel affected by this rising temperature, but all those who are concerned about climate change globally. Moreover, changing temperature would threaten ecology, in other words the beauty of natural sources present in the lake. The natural ecosystem of the Lake Tahoe is an indicator for other systems both in the western U.S. and around the world.

First documented record of Lake Tahoe’s water temperature is from 1970, when the temperature was averaged 50.3 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. The more recent record for 2015 revealed that the temperature had soared to average 53.3 degrees. The increase may be seen as insignificant, but this difference in temperature has mostly arrived over past decade and a half that has concerned scientists most.

Scientists link this increasing water temperature to changing air temperatures. Other concerning factor is falling water clarity. Process of water mixing is responsible for maintaining clarity of water. As the lake was unable to carry out the process to its full potential due to warmer inflow of water, water clarity fell to 73.1 feet last year.

“The occurrence of rising air temperatures at Lake Tahoe has been known about for many years now, and with it the warming of the lake. What is different this year is that we are seeing more aspects of the lake’s internal physics changing,” said Geoffrey Schladow, of Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) at the University of California Davis.