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C. Scientists Get NASA Help with Network of Buoys on Lake Tahoe

Narrator: This is Science Today. A network of buoys has been placed on Lake Tahoe by scientists from the University of California , Davis and NASA. These high-tech sensors will transmit various data to researchers about the lake, which is the second deepest in the United States . Geoffrey Schladow, a civil and environmental engineer at UC Davis, is director of the university's Tahoe Environmental Research Center .

Schladow: We're transitioning now to a new way of doing science. And the way we like to do it is through continuous measurement and having those data available in real time.

Narrator: There are currently six buoys on Lake Tahoe .

Schladow: They are all instrumented, and we are getting those data directly from wireless modems, over the Internet, and we can see how the wind direction is changing across the lake; we can see what the clarity is doing in the lake and the water temperature. By having these buoys and working with NASA, we're getting data from every part of the lake and every part of the watershed.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.