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The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant Number DBI RCN 0639229 and MSB 1137327, 1137353 and other generous donors. This blog receives technical support from the Center for Limnology (CFL) at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Any information, opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this blog are those of the individual author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF, CFL, Cary Institute, GLEON or GLEON Student Association (GSA).
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SAFER Students Work Project: a Sampling of the Diversity of Research Interests

By Paula Costilla, Paula Zapperi and Facundo Scordo

SAFER (Sensing the Americas’ Freshwater Ecosystem Risk from Climate Change) is an inter-American, interdisciplinary network integrated by researchers, students and technology support. Geology, biology, paleolimnology, hydrometeorology, physical limnology and social sciences are all applied as tools for the evaluation of project objectives, and this diversity is reflected in the SAFER student projects.

Most of the SAFER students have participated in one or more Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) meetings, and since they will attend GLEON 16, this article is focused on their present research interests.

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PRAGMA-GLEON Expedition, 2014

by Meilan Jiang

The Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) 26th meeting was held in Taiwan in April with the underlying theme of “Living with Big Data.” Recent efforts of the GLEON – PRAGMA collaborative scientific expedition were shared at a group session in the meeting, and challenges and milestones of this collaboration were identified.

The PRAGMA 27th meeting will be held in October at Indiana University Bloomington just before the GLEON meeting. The new conceptual interdisciplinary challenge, a “Hackathon,” will be operated at PRAGMA 27, and GLEON members are encouraged to participate in this event.

Photo: GLEON and PRAGMA people enjoyed the dinner with Taiwanese traditional performance group.

GLEON and PRAGMA members enjoyed the dinner with Taiwanese traditional performance group, “The voice of Namasia” (front). From the top left, Paul Hanson, Zhenguo Cui, Craig Snortheim, Meilan Jiang, Gabriel Zhou, Fang-Pang Lin, and Lilian Chan.

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GLEON Fellowship Program: Looking Forward, Looking Back

By Jake Zwart and Hilary Dugan

As this is a transition period for the GLEON Fellowship Program, it is a good time to reflect on the past cohort and look towards the next group of fellows. The third and final workshop for the first cohort took place at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, USA in January 2014. The fellows could not help but feel the ecosystem perspective oozing from the walls of the Cary Institute, soaked up from years of housing an abnormally high concentration of ecosystem ecologists.

Home institution locations of GLEON Fellowship Program participants. (Map credit: Jake Zwart)

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GLEON Buoy Data Used in a Variety of Ways

Recent Bard Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) graduate Alicia Caruso delved deeply into the uses of GLEON data and found that high-frequency buoy data is being shared widely, and a new collaboration with database managers may improve data accessibility to promote greater collaborations with a broader audience of GLEON members and local lake managers. As part of a master’s thesis project, Alicia aimed to answer several questions relating to GLEON and the uses of high-frequency data collected on GLEON buoys worldwide. These include questions on what is currently happening with the data that GLEON is collecting, how it can be used, what benefits and challenges are involved with communicating these data both within the organization and with non-academic users, and how that communication could be improved. Answers to these questions were determined through the use of surveys and interviews.

Photo: GLEON buoy in Lake Taihu. Credit: Alicia Caruso.

GLEON buoy in Lake Taihu. Photo credit: Alicia Caruso.

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Welcome, New Collaborative Climate Committee Members!

By Ludmila Brighenti and James Rusak (CCC chair)

It is with joy that the GLEON Collaborative Climate Committee (CCC) and Graduate Student Association (GSA) welcome Paula Zapperi and Thomas Harmon as new members of the CCC, and Liz Ryder as the new co-chair of the CCC. They were elected to be the member of the committee in February 2014, and we are excited to see the new enthusiasm and contributions they have to offer.

Photo: GLEON CCC members.

New Collaborative Climate Committee members Paula Zapperi, Thomas Harmon and Liz Ryder.

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