Inland Waters, Vol 6, No 4 (2016)

Insights from the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON)

Kevin C Rose, Kathleen C Weathers, David P Hamilton
Pages: 476-482


The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) is a grass-roots network of people, data, and observatories. The network represents a unique effort to bring together a diverse community of scientists, engineers, information technology experts, and engaged stakeholders to understand, conserve, and predict the state of lakes and reservoirs globally. Individuals and teams in GLEON have generated a range of scientific, educational, and outreach products, from software tools to scientific publications to education modules and programs. This special issue of Inland Waters brings together a series of papers generated from the network. Here, we discuss the foundations of GLEON that have facilitated these publications and others like them in terms of network structure, research areas, and the threads that tie the network together. GLEON is underpinned by sophisticated analytical tools and a network of high-frequency in situ observatories that exploit advanced sensors and associated technologies. This approach expands the space and time domains available to inquiry and analysis of lake processes. Using team science, the network has also established a culture of collaboration, sharing, and trust. This flexible framework allows GLEON members to advance research on a range of topics and has led to an increasing number of collaborative cross-site products. Future success will depend on the network’s ability to continue to facilitate the successes of its members while also being responsive to evolving member needs, technologies, and societal priorities.
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