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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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Reflections on GLEON’s 10th Birthday

Photo: GLEON founders Hamilton, Kratz, Arzberger and Lin. Credit: L.Borre

Left to right: Founding members of the GLEON Steering Committee: David Hamilton (New Zealand), Tim Kratz (USA), Peter Arzberger (USA), and Fang-Pang Lin (Taiwan) at the GLEON17 meeting (October 2015) in Chuncheon, South Korea. Photo by Lisa Borre

By Tim Kratz, Peter Arzberger, David Hamilton, and Fang-Pang Lin

Ten years ago, a relatively small group of lake scientists, information managers and information technology experts met in San Diego alongside experts on coral reefs in what we now consider to be the first GLEON meeting. G1, though of course none of us called it that – in fact the name GLEON didn’t yet exist – started an adventure in doing network science.

The goal of the first meeting was to explore whether developing an international network that deployed and made use of high-frequency measurements on lakes and coral reefs made sense scientifically, socially, and practically. It resulted in what we now know as the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network, or GLEON, a thriving, energetic, and creative network that has brought an international community of scientists together. But back then, we had only a dim inkling of what GLEON would become a decade later. (more…)

Carbon Cycling on Lakes (COCLAKE) Project: the Story of Brazil-Denmark Collaboration via GLEON

by Ludmila Brighenti

A lake is like a gigantic living creature that inhales and exhales carbon and exchanges energy with its surrounding environment. I became interested in this process and wanted to understand and predict whole-lake carbon exchange systems in Brazilian lakes. I worked on this topic for my Ph.D. (which I completed recently!), and deployed a high-frequency monitoring buoy to obtain data. This led to a new collaboration between researchers in Brazil and Denmark: Carbon Cycling on Lakes (COCLAKE), looking at the similarities and differences of temporal and tropical lake carbon cycling systems. All of this started from a simple conversation at a GLEON meeting. With the GLEON 16 meeting fast approaching, I wanted to share my story for those who are attending.

Location of Lakes Carioca and Dom Helvécio, State Park of Rio Doce, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.

Location of Lakes Carioca and Dom Helvécio, State Park of Rio Doce, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.

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NETLAKE Summer Training School: A Workshop for Both Early Stage Researchers and Lifelong Learners

By Liz Ryder and Eleanor Jennings

The first NETLAKE (Networking Lake Observatories in Europe, EU COST Action ES1201) training school took place from 12th to 17th June 2014 at the Erken Laboratory, Uppsala University, in Sweden. A multi-disciplinary group of 23 trainees from 19 countries took part. The training focused on automated monitoring and high-frequency data analysis, and included techniques for building simple temperature sensors, deployment, data analysis and processing, data visualization and practical data management.

Photo: NETLAKE training school, Erken Laboratory.

NETLAKE training school participants and trainers, Erken Laboratory, June 2014. (Photo credit: Liz Ryder)

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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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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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