As part of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, a series of Taylor Valley lakes have been monitored for dissolved oxygen and temperature profiles. A YSI dissolved oxygen meter was used to record these measurements in the perennial ice-covered lakes of Taylor Valley. The measurements were collected from 1993 to 2000. Other methodologies to monitor temperatures and dissolved oxygen in lakes are being used.
Knowledge of the McMurdo Dry Valley (MDV) lakes is limited by winter access, a period which is most relevant in understanding the habitability of other icy worlds and critical to understanding the overall function of these lakes. Owing to the lack of winter access, data that normally require human presence are incomplete. Our goal was to conduct the first year-round investigation of the biogeophysics of these unique lakes. An important part of the McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) is evaluating carbon and nitrogen budgets in perennial ice-covered lakes.