Climate Change and the Lake They Call Gitche Gumee | North Coast Chronicles
Lake Superior: Rising water and diminished ice
The fourth episode in the North Coast Chronicles: Tales from the Great Lakes series by host, Helen Brohl, investigates "Climate Change and the Lake They Call Gitche Gumee." The Chippewa referred to Lake Superior as Gitche Gumee (or gichi-gami in modern Ojibwa language) which means "big sea" or "huge water." The largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior is the largest lake in the world by surface area but is showing signs of impact from climate change. Dr. Jay Austin is a professor, department head, physical oceanographer and limnologist from the Large Lakes Observatory, University of Minnesota, Duluth who joins North Coast Chronicles to share his expertise on the nature of this fresh water wonder. Working with other lake scientists from around the globe, Dr. Austin reports that joining together many lake condition reports presents an excellent overarching look on the impact of climate change on the Earth. He also shares the results of many years of thermal observations through multiple buoy stations around Lake Superior. Bonus conversation on passive acoustic sounds in the lake - do freshwater fish really talk?! Helen and podcast producer, Tyler Buckingham, start the podcast with a critique on Lake Erie wines courtesy of Heineman's Winery on South Bass Island, Ohio. Which wine is the best kept secret?