GLEON - Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network

Program Description: The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) is a grassroots network of limnologist, ecologists, information technology experts, and engineers who have a common goal of building a scalable, persistent network of lake ecology observatories. Data from these observatories will allow us to better understand key processes such as the effects of climate and land use change on lake function, the role of episodic events such as typhoons in resetting lake dynamics, and carbon cycling within lakes. The observatories will consist of instrumented platforms on lakes around the world capable of sensing key limnological variables and moving the data in near-real time to web-accessible databases. The GLEON Research Coordination Network (RCN) award by the National Science Foundation is a strategic activity of GLEON focused on articulating network science questions. It recognizes that technology is providing data at spatial and temporal scales that outstrip current models and theory/questions—thus providing opportunities for generating new scientific understanding and developing a multidisciplinary community.

Organization Description: Funding for GLEON comes from many sources, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and sources within the individual participating countries. In South America, GLEON sites are located in Brazil and collaborate with scientists in Argentina and Chile. The project is multidisciplinary: biological sciences, cyberinfrastructure, in addition to environmental research and education.

Data Description: Small file transfer and occasional large file transfer at less than 100 Mbps

Project Type: Data Repository and Analysis

Project Domains: Geosciences

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Federal Funding: NSF

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