This fall, the crisis mapping team extended their work on flood mapping to measure the water level of Lake Tahoe over time from satellite imagery. The resulting tool will allow the Forest Service to monitor the habitat of the endangered Tahoe Yellow Cress, plan for dock locations with water access, and better control dams in small nearby lakes, along with gaining a better understanding of the Lake Tahoe ecosystem. We plan to extend this work to measure lakes worldwide, allowing scientists to better measure and understand drought and glacial melt.
The work was done by three interns from the DEVELOP program: Nolan Cate, Anton Surunis, and Chelsea Ackroyd, in collaboration with the Lake Tahoe US Forest Service. Please enjoy the video they created explaining the project: