Investigating Changes in Chlorophyll a and Other Water Chemistry Variables in Response to Global Environmental Change
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Changes in water quality are influenced by climate change and other anthropogenic stressors. We 1) assessed changes in water quality in lakes in the Laurentian Great Lakes region, and 2) compiled water quality data for lakes across the world to assess global patterns in chlorophyll a. We found that at the regional scale water quality (specifically chlorophyll a, total phosphorus, total nitrogen, and dissolved organic carbon) were influenced by temperature, precipitation, morphology, and the presence of dreissenids. We also compiled chlorophyll a and water chemistry data together with morphometric characteristics for 8557 lakes worldwide. This global dataset will allow researchers to associate global water quality patterns to different pressures such as changes climate or land use.