Image by Carl E. Heilman II

Image by Carl E. Heilman II

the jefferson project

The Jefferson Project is transforming Lake George in upstate New York into "The Worlds Smartest Lake". Fresh water environments, like Lake George, are facing unprecedented threats worldwide – from agricultural runoff and urban development, to road salt in winter. To help protect one of America’s most famous lakes, we’re building a new model for environmental monitoring and prediction, a blueprint to preserve other fresh water bodies.

At IBM Research, we're using a suite of numerical models to simulate the physical environment at Lake George. For my part, I lead the weather and land surface modeling. Each modeling component – for the weather, soil processes, hydrology, hydrodynamics, and lake chemistry and biology – must interact seamlessly with each other. They form part of a state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure platform, combining model capabilities with a lake-wide intelligent sensor network, machine learning and data dissemination.

For more details:

http://jeffersonproject.rpi.edu