The purpose of the Sediment Core Investigation is to systematically assess chemical patterns within the Finger Lakes over time. Specific goals of the Study are as follows:
1. Assess spatial variations in chemical patterns between the Finger Lakes,
2. Assess temporal patterns of chemical inputs within each lake,
3. Evaluate chemical levels with respect to sediment quality assessment values,
4. Determine sediment accumulation rates. A second, related study, termed the Synoptic Water Quality Investigation, involves long term synoptic water quality monitoring on each of the lakes and is discussed above (see Part A)
Callinan, Clifford W., "Water Quality Study of the Finger Lakes: Part B: Sediment Core Investigation" (2001). Technical Reports. 78.