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Yahara Lakes 101 with Paul Hanson

June 12, 2019 @ 3:00 am 4:00 am

Lake Mendota Phosphorus and Our Water Quality Woes

Lake Mendota Phosphorus and Our Water Quality Woes

Join us at Yahara Lakes 101 to learn about important issues impacting our lakes!

About the talk

Lake Mendota is a beautiful and beloved waterbody in the Greater Madison Area. Thanks to the UW Center for Limnology, Lake Mendota has been called the most studied lake in the U.S.

Below the surface, Lake Mendota is a dynamic and ever-changing ecosystem. In this month’s Yahara Lakes 101 talk, we’ll hear from Dr. Paul Hanson about the phosphorus dynamics in Lake Mendota and how machine learning can help us better understand the linkages between human decision making and water quality.

Join us for a deeper dive into Lake Mendota!

About our speaker

Dr. Paul C. Hanson is a Distinguished Professor of Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology. Dr. Hanson studies lakes and reservoirs as ecosystems embedded in human, landscape, and climate contexts. His work has focused on issues of water quality and how lakes and their services respond to nutrient and carbon inputs from their watershed.  Through computer simulations, Dr. Hanson recreates the patterns observed in aquatic systems, and links those patterns to our understanding of the way the bio-physical world works.

His research has led to quantification of the roles that lakes and reservoirs play in the global carbon cycle, new understanding of the linkages between human decision making and water quality, and advancements in water quality prediction through numerical simulation and machine learning. This research has been applied to lakes and reservoirs around the world through his leadership in the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON).

Event details

This event is at The Edgewater. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy your coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m. Complimentary event parking will be available at The Edgewater.

Admission is FREE for Friends of Clean Lakes. If you are not a Friend, admission is $10 per event. Registration for each event is requested for all attendees.

Yahara Lakes 101 Science Café

Yahara Lakes 101 is a series of educational events open to the public and a great chance for residents to learn more about the science behind the issues that affect our lakes. Each month we feature a different expert to make the science accessible and interesting to non-technical audiences.

The series is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with presenting sponsors First Weber Foundation and Johnson Financial Group, hosting sponsor The Edgewater Madison, supporting sponsor National Guardian Life Insurance Company, and media partner the Isthmus. 


June 12, 2019
3:00 am – 4:00 am
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Clean Lakes Alliance
(608) 255-1000
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