Hydrology and Land Surface Studies
Satellite observations indicate rapid warming trend for lakes in California and Nevada
Article first published online: 25 NOV 2009
Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 36, Issue 22, November 2009
How to Cite
2009), Satellite observations indicate rapid warming trend for lakes in California and Nevada, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L22402, doi:10.1029/2009GL040846., , , , , , and (
- Issue published online: 25 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 25 NOV 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 OCT 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 21 OCT 2009
- Manuscript Received: 10 SEP 2009
- remote sensing;
- climate change
 Large lake temperatures are excellent indicators of climate change; however, their usefulness is limited by the paucity of in situ measurements and lack of long-term data records. Thermal infrared satellite imagery has the potential to provide frequent and accurate retrievals of lake surface temperatures spanning several decades on a global scale. Analysis of seventeen years of data from the Along-Track Scanning Radiometer series of sensors and data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer shows that six lakes situated in California and Nevada have exhibited average summer nighttime warming trends of 0.11 ± 0.02°C yr−1 (p < 0.002) since 1992. A comparison with air temperature observations suggests that the lake surface temperature is warming approximately twice as fast as the average minimum surface air temperature.