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Long-term ice phenology records spanning up to 578 years for 78 lakes around the Northern Hemisphere

June 16, 2022

In recent decades, lakes have experienced unprecedented ice loss with widespread ramifications for winter ecological processes. The rapid loss of ice, resurgence of winter biology, and proliferation of remote sensing technologies, presents a unique opportunity to integrate disciplines to further understand the broad spatial and temporal patterns in ice loss and its consequences. Here, we summarize ice phenology records for 78 lakes in 12 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia to permit the inclusion and harmonization of in situ ice phenology observations in future interdisciplinary studies. These ice records represent some of the longest climate observations directly collected by people. We highlight the importance of applying the same definition of ice-on and ice-off within a lake across the time-series, regardless of how the ice is observed, to broaden our understanding of ice loss across vast spatial and temporal scales.

Publication Year 2022
Title Long-term ice phenology records spanning up to 578 years for 78 lakes around the Northern Hemisphere
DOI 10.1038/s41597-022-01391-6
Authors Sapna Sharma, Alessnadro Filazzola, Thi Nguyen, Mohammad Imrit, Kevin Blagrave, Damien Bouffard, Julia Daly, Harley Feldman, Natalie Feldsine, Harrie-Jan Hendricks-Franssen, Nikolay Granin, Richard Hecock, Jan Henning L'Abee-Lund, Ed Hopkins, Neil Howk, Michael Iacono, Lesley B. Knoll, Johanna Korhonen, Hilmar Malmquist, Woldzimierz Marszelewski, Shin-ichiro S. Matsuzaki, Yuichi Miyabara, Kiyoshi Miyasaka, Alexander Mills, Lolita Olson, Theodore Peters, David Richardson, Dale M. Robertson, Lars G. Rudstam, Danielle Wain, Holly Waterfield, Gesa A. Weyhenmeyer, Brendan Wiltse, Huaxia Yao, Andry Zhdanov, John J. Magnuson
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Scientific Data
Index ID 70237244
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Upper Midwest Water Science Center