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PhD Cornell University, 1997
Physical Geography

Research Interests

My research focuses on the physical interactions between climate and water, with a particular interest in the physics and hydrology of lakes and reservoirs. This includes aspects such as climate-induced variations in lake evaporation, water temperature, ice cover, gas fluxes, and water levels. My field-based and modeling work have included studies of the Great Lakes, thermokarst lakes in northern Alaska, saline lakes in western Nebraska, and temperate lakes in Wisconsin and Michigan. More recently I have helped to coordinate a global study of trends in lake surface temperature with partners from the Global Lake Temperature Collaboration (GLTC) and Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON).

Selected Publications

Lenters, J. D. (2015). The Global Lake Temperature Collaboration (GLTC). LakeLine, 35(3): 9-12.

O’Reilly, C. M., et al. . (2015). Rapid and highly variable warming of lake surface waters around the globe. . Geophysical Research Letters, 43. doi:10.1002/2015GL066235

Sharma, S., et al. (2015). A global database of lake surface temperatures collected by in situ and satellite methods from 1985-2009. . Scientific Data, 2:150008. doi:10.1038/sdata.2015.8

Van Cleave, K., Lenters, J. D., Wang, J., and Verhamme, E. M. (2014). A regime shift in Lake Superior ice cover, evaporation, and water temperature following the warm El Niño winter of 1997-1998. . Limnology and Oceanography. 59(6): 1889-1898. doi:10.4319/lo.2014.59.6.1889

Spence, C., Blanken, P. D., Lenters, J. D., and Hedstrom, N. (2013). The importance of spring and autumn atmospheric conditions for the evaporation regime of Lake Superior. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 14: 1647-1658. . doi:10.1175/JHM-D-12-0170.1