Making NY’s Lake George the world’s ‘smartest’

BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. (AP) — Researchers are turning New York’s Lake George, in the Adirondack Mountains, into the “smartest lake in the world,” with a sophisticated monitoring system that will help them predict threats like road salt and invasive species.

Sensors will analyze stream runoff, rainfall, wind, currents, salinity, chlorophyll and nitrogen, and an IBM supercomputer will crunch the data to provide three-dimensional pictures of the lake, which is a major tourist destination in the state.

The advocacy group Fund for the Lake George is joining IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Thursday to announce the comprehensive three-year project.

Lake conditions will be monitored by a series of devices including stream gauges, self-propelled underwater robots, weather stations, Doppler units and sensors running along lines anchored from buoys.

Some of the same sort of research is being done around the Great Lakes.

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