Bolivia's disappearing lake
Bolivia’s second largest lake has nearly disappeared. Lake Poopó, a saltwater lake located in a shallow depression in the Altiplano Mountains, used to cover an area about the size of Los Angeles.
Lisa Borre provides research support for Dr. Kathleen C. Weathers and is coordinator of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON). She also coordinates the Lake Observer project to develop a mobile application for recording lake and water observations across the globe.
Prior to joining the staff at Cary Institute, Lisa worked for the conservation and sustainable management of lakes for more than 20 years. She coordinated the Lake Champlain Basin Program, facilitating development of a comprehensive watershed plan, from 1990 to 1997. She co-founded LakeNet, a world lakes network that was active from 1998 to 2008, leading a global initiative to document and share lessons learned in lake basin management. She has also worked as a freelance writer and consultant to nonprofits and international organizations.
She is on the Board of Directors of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS), serving as Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic) representative (2017-2019) and as President in 2020-2021. She is also on the Advisory Council of the Lake Champlain Committee and was an associate investigator with the SAFER Project: Sensing the Americas' Freshwater Ecosystem Risk from Climate Change (2015-2018). She wrote for National Geographic's Water Currents blog (2012-2016) and speaks to local, regional, and international groups about global lake topics.
Lisa has a B.A. in geology and environmental studies from the University of Vermont and an M.E.S. from Yale School of the Environment. She works remotely for Cary Institute and lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
Have you ever wondered how many lakes there are in the world? In an effort to answer this question, an international research team used satellite photos and computerized mapping technology to count up Earth's inland waters. They found about 117 million lakes, covering almost four percent of the planet's non-glaciated surface.