TUV model examines sun's ability to disinfect bodies of water

One of the largely unanticipated impacts of a changing climate may be a decline in sunlight's ability to disinfect lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, possibly leading to an increase in waterborne pathogens and the diseases they can cause in humans and wildlife. ACOM's TUV Model was used in the study to evaluate the disinfecting power of UV light.

The news article by NCAR science writer Laura Snider highlights recent work by ACOM scientists Sasha Madronich and Julia Lee-Taylor, and Craig Williamson of Miami University in Ohio. (October 20, 2017)

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https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/just-published/129526/climate-change-could-decrease-suns-ability-disinfect-lakes-coastal
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Different areas in Lake Tahoe side by side. Photo courtesy of Andrew Tucker.

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