Global Lambda Integrated Facility

GLEON: Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network




Peter Arzberger, University of California San Diego, United States


Australia: Centre for Water Research, University of Western Australia
Canada: Dorset Environmental Science Centre, Inland Lakes, Ontario Ministry of Environment
China: Nanjing Institute of Geography & Limnology
Finland: Lammi Biological Station, University of Helsinki
Israel: Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research Ltd.
New Zealand: Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research, University of Waikato
South Korea: Center for Lake Management Research, Kangwon University
Taiwan: Research Center for Biodiversity, Academia Sinica; National Center for High Performance Computing (NCHC)
United Kingdom: Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
United States: Trout Lake Research Station/Center for Limnology and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Calit2 and Center for Research on Biological Systems and San Diego Supercomputing Center, University of California, San Diego; Archbold Biological Station; Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering, State University of New York-Binghamton; Pervasive Technology Labs, Indiana University-Bloomington


Underwater images

GLEON is a grassroots association of limnologists, information technology experts and engineers who are building a scalable, persistent network of lake ecology observatories. Data from these observatories will help researchers better understand key processes, such as the effects of climate and land use change on lake function, the role 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.

Underwater images

Sensors used in lake observatories are capable of generating gigabits of data. At NCHC in Taiwan, ecological observations use HDTV cameras to stream information over optical networks controlled using Canada’s UCLP.

Related Publication: Kratz, Timothy K., Peter Arzberger, Barbara J. Benson, Chih-Yu Chiu, Kenneth Chiu, Longjiang Ding, Tony Fountain, David Hamilton, Paul C. Hanson, Yu Hen Hu, Fang-Pang Lin, Donald F. McMullen, Sameer Tilak, Chin Wu. 2006; "Towards a Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network"; Publications of the Karelian Institute 145:51-63

[Underwater images from Taiwan courtesy of Fang-Pang Lin, NCHC.]