2021 has been a great year for the LOCSS project. We've been fortunate to work alongside some amazing partners and citizen scientists around the world, and we've been able to double the size of our network of study lakes from 82 to 164 this year.
With a new year comes new possibilities, and we are excited for what 2022 has in store for the LOCSS project. We have ambitious goals for the year, we believe that working towards them will help us better understand these lakes, which so many people rely on for food, water, and recreation.
In 2022, we will continue to expand our network of lakes. We have plans to continue to add study lakes in New York and Canada, as well as in Asia. Another major focus of the project in 2022 will be preparing for the launch of the new NASA Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. We are excited to work with our citizen scientists around the world to help validate data from this new satellite. In addition, we are just beginning our work to use lake height measurements from citizen scientists to test the accuracy of satellites that measure lake surface elevation.
Thousands of people around the world have contributed to the LOCSS project in some way, large or small. From local partners who work with us to find lakes to study, to volunteer citizen scientists contribute measurements, to the numerous people who have helped us share our work, all have been instrumental in the success of our project. We could not have accomplished all that we have without these people, and we are excited to continue working with them in 2022 and beyond.
We share stories about the lakes in our study, our partners and volunteer citizen scientists, as well as interesting results from our research.