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Measuring Water Clarity and Quality in Minnesota Lakes and Rivers

Photo of Patrick Brezonik, Fesler-Lampert ChairPatrick Brezonik, professor of civil engineering and director of the Water Resources Center, was named the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs for 2003–2004. Brezonik used the resources provided by his appointment to continue work on two related projects: the application of satellite imagery and other advanced remote-sensing technology to improve capabilities for monitoring and assessing water quality in Minnesota lakes, and developing conceptual and simulation models that show how humans affect the cycling of major biogeochemicals such as carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus in urban ecosystems. Both areas of study attempt to quantify how human activity—particularly urban activity—impacts ecological systems. He also developed a new graduate seminar on regional and global biogeochemical cycles.

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