The Journal of Geophysical Research includes the Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Science (LEES) in Research Spotlight

October 13, 2015

The Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences lab's (LEES) latest findings on carbon flux in Lake Erie will be featured as a Research Spotlight in Eos and posted to the Journal of Geophysical Research's website October 2015.

Research Spotlights are hosted by Eos and summarize the research and findings of the best accepted articles in the Journal for Geophysical Research for the broad Earth and space science community. The findings may also be sent to interested news media and may appear in the semi-monthly Eos magazine.

The LEES lab's manuscript "Diurnal to annual changes in latent, sensible heat, and CO2 fluxes over a Laurentian Great Lake: A case study in Western Lake Erie" covers the importance of investigating carbon flux over large, inland lakes to monitor regional climate and environmental processes. In the study, direct samples of Lake Erie's carbon flux were taken over a two-year period using the eddy covarience technique and were analyzed. Researchers investigated surface latent, sensible heat fluxes, and CO2 exchanges that occurred during October 2011 to September 2013, discovering fresh insight into water and carbon exchanges over large lakes.

The LEES Lab is directed by Dr.Jiquan Chen and is interested in scientific investigations and education on fundamental ecosystem and landscape processes for understanding ecosystem functions and management. To learn more about this lab and its research, visit their website.