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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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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 National Lakes Assessment: data now available online

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2012 National Lakes Assessment (NLA) data in December, which are now publicly available online.

Every five years, the EPA launches a comprehensive sampling campaign, where together with state and local governments, tribes, and many other agencies, they sample over 1000 lakes and reservoirs (hereafter, together referred to as waterbodies) across the United States. The final set of waterbodies that are sampled are selected randomly using a statistical survey design to appropriately sample waterbodies that are representative of the U.S. waterbody population across multiple size classes. The first comprehensive survey conducted by the EPA was in 2007, and so this represents the second survey. Approximately 400 waterbodies were resampled in 2012, and approximately 600 were newly sampled waterbodies.

Lakes and reservoirs sampled in the 2012 EPA National Lakes Assessment.

Lakes and reservoirs sampled in the 2012 EPA National Lakes Assessment.

For each sampled waterbody, there are a diverse suite of variables collected and analyzed such as: waterbody morphometric characteristics, lakeshore land use, profiles of e.g. temperature and dissolved oxygen, many water chemistry variables, and phytoplankton and zooplankton metrics such as density and biomass at the genus resolution. Field crews follow standardized protocols at each waterbody, and water samples for water chemistry and plankton counts are analyzed at central laboratories, subjected to multiple phases of quality control. (more…)

Lake Annie’s Song: A TEDx Talk and Interview with GLEON’s Evelyn Gaiser

A recent TEDxFIU event kicked off with Global Lake Ecology Observatory Network (GLEON) member Evelyn Gaiser’s unexpected discovery that her two passions, science and music, could come together to help her better understand data. Evelyn’s interpretation of the year-round daily temperature changes in Florida’s Lake Annie formed the basis for her TEDx talk.

Caption: Lakes write music. Science is listening. | Evelyn Gaiser | TEDxFIU

Evelyn is a classically trained musician, so when she visualized the temperature data collected from Lake Annie she also saw a musical score. By assigning the data points a musical note, she composed Lake Annie’s song. The piece was then arranged by Marcus Norris and performed by Yaniv Cohen, Aryam Gonzalez and Tomas Lopez, all members of the School of Music on the TEDxFIU stage.

“Music seems uniquely suited to expressing the nuances of nature,” Gaiser said in an FIU News report about the event, noting a growing trend of scientists and musicians around the world coming together to explore the complexities of nature in this way. (more…)

Samiullah Khan, New Co-Chair Elect for the GLEON Student Association

Photo: Sami Khan at Lake Quramber Bathy, Ghizer, GB. Credit: courtesy of Sami Khan.

Samiullah Khan during the first ever bathymetric survey of Lake Quramber (a.k.a Karumber), District Ghizer, GB, Pakistan. (One of the world’s high altitude biologically active lakes; elevation: 14301 feet).

By Samiullah Khan

I was recently offered and readily accepted the co-chair elect position of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) Graduate Student Association (GSA), joining chair, Blaize Denfeld (Umeå University, Sweden) and co-chair Jonathan Doubek (Virginia Tech, USA). As a new member of the team, I would like to introduce myself and mention in brief my past and present professional and academic involvements. (more…)