Researchers are getting a 2 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will go to creating computerized 3-D models of the lake using lasers, sonar, satellite imaging, and other measurements. Geoff Schladow directs the school's Tahoe Environmental Research Center. He says the new technology will allow researchers to better visualize their data.
SCHLADOW: "It's hard for a scientist really to see his data, to be immersed in it. Because you print it out and you're getting a two-dimensional view. This way, you can orient yourself anywhere in the lake. You can look at the current fields from different perspectives. You can magnify things. You can filter things. And so, it's really is a working tool for scientists."
The 3-D modeling will be used to study water quality, food sources in the lake and the effects of weather.
The National Science Foundation hopes the new modeling will also provide feedback as to how 3-D technology can be used in science, engineering and mathematics education and training.