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Website provides real-time forecasts for Swiss lakes

Initially developed in 2016 years ago by Theo Baracchini, a PhD student at EPFL’s Physics of Aquatic Systems Laboratory (APHYS), the platform Meteolakes had a purely scientific goal: to enable scientists to view physical and biological data about Lake Geneva, collected over time and at different locations, that were previously difficult to obtain. But with around 330 visits a day last summer, the platform obviously became useful to more than just scientists – swimmers, sailors, beach authorities, boaters, fishermen, tourists, nature lovers and people who are simply interested in lakes. Baracchini therefore expanded his website as part of his thesis research, which he defended in 2019. Since its launch, the platform has been enhanced with multiple features, making it one of the most sophisticated lake-data platforms in the world.