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Summer Science Research: Sophie Glaubius ’21 explores the temperature conditions in springs

Sophie Glaubius ’21 and Sue Swanson are using thermal imaging to characterize the spatial distribution of temperature in freshwater springs.

Cold and stable temperatures are often cited as important environmental conditions in springs, affecting species richness and diversity. However, there is currently a lack of information on the spatial distribution of temperature in springs and how distributions vary among springs of differing types. Using an infrared camera that is suspended above a spring pool, there are opportunities to examine the thermal properties of springs in a relatively quick and noninvasive manner. The goal of this study is to collect detailed temperature data sets to explore how local variations in topography, surficial geology, and bedrock geology influence the spatial distribution of temperature in freshwater springs.

June 02, 2020

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