BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. (AP) — Researchers monitoring Lake George with a web of high-tech sensors unveiled a new lab Friday they say will give them an unprecedented and detailed view of the Adirondack lake.
The three-year “Jefferson Project,” begun in 2013, aims to make Lake George the “smartest lake in the world” through a complex network of sensors analyzing the likes of stream runoff, rainfall, wind, currents and salinity. The new lakeside visualization lab in Bolton Landing will allow researchers to review high-resolution 3-D models that can be zoomed in as close as a half meter.
Data from the project developed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM, and the Fund for Lake George will be used to help preserve the lake. The 32-mile-long lake is famous for its clear waters. But it faces threats related to development, road salt runoff and invasive species like zebra mussels.
“Now we're bringing state-of-the-art visualization capabilities to this complex project and starting to collect more sensor-based data that will help us more precisely understand and remedy the lake's challenges,” said John E. Kelly III, senior vice president and director of IBM Research.
Twelve sensor platforms are currently being deployed around Lake George and its tributaries. Scientists say that since the lake is not too large and isolated by the surrounding mountains, it lends itself to the intensive study.
Also Friday, aquatic ecologist Rick Relyea was announced as the director of the project.