About the Mendota Research Group (MeRG)

The Mendota Research Group (MeRG) project is a collaborative effort between UW-Madison’s Center for Limnology, Space Science and Engineering Center, and Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. These groups share data gathered from an observational buoy deployed at Lake Mendota’s Deep Hole. Equipped with an array of remote sensing equipment, the buoy provides researchers from each group with high resolution data regarding the aquatic and atmospheric conditions at the Deep Hole. This data, along with the data gathered via traditional sampling methods allows researchers to answer a number of science questions about lake metabolism and life cycling in the lake. It also allows the group to refine the synthesis of these new remote sensing techniques and traditional sampling methods, so as to guide future collaborative studies where such remote sensing techniques could prove invaluable.