OOS 43 - Novel Applications of High-Frequency Sensor Data in Aquatic Ecosystems: Discoveries from GLEON, the Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network

Thursday, August 11, 2011: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
14, Austin Convention Center
Organizer: Cayelan C. Carey
Co-organizer: Paul C. Hanson
Moderator: Cayelan C. Carey
The recent development of environmental sensor networks offers unprecedented opportunities to advance our understanding of ecosystems. High-frequency data collected across expanded temporal and spatial scales provide a new frontier for examining ecological dynamics, and advances in sensor technology are revealing previously unobservable phenomena. Simultaneously, collaborations between ecologists and scientists from other disciplines are stimulating innovative hypotheses and analytical approaches. In particular, the role of aquatic sensor networks will become increasingly important in future research, as lakes are sensitive indicators of land use and climate change. The aim of this session is to highlight innovative science facilitated by the use of remotely-deployed, high-frequency aquatic sensors. Scientists utilizing these tools will present their findings from single systems, as well as analyses from networks of sensored systems. We will highlight discoveries and active research from the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (www.gleon.org), an international grassroots network of limnologists, ecologists, information technology experts, and engineers who have a common goal of building a scalable, persistent network of lake ecology observatories. Specifically, GLEON collaborations have catalyzed advances in measuring lake metabolism, understanding the effects of episodic disturbances, and the application of lake modeling to ecosystem forecasting. We will also highlight examples of ecologists who have used high-frequency data to engage the public in monitoring and conservation projects. As both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems worldwide become increasingly ‘sensored,’ GLEON demonstrates the potential of applying high-frequency data to understand ecological phenomena in the face of global change.
2:10 PM
Diurnal mixed layer dynamics: Insights from high frequency sensor data
Robyn L. Smyth, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
2:30 PM
Understanding allochthony: New techniques and tools
Kevin C. Rose, Miami University; Craig E. Williamson, Miami University; Jasmine E. Saros, University of Maine; Carrie E.H. Kissman, St. Norbert College
2:50 PM
Drivers of pelagic metabolism: Evidence from high-frequency free-water measurements in lakes around the globe
Denise A. Bruesewitz, University of Texas at Austin; David C. Richardson, SUNY New Paltz; Kevin C. Rose, Miami University; Christopher T. Solomon, McGill University & University of Montreal; Matthew C. Van de Bogert, University of Wisconsin
3:10 PM
3:20 PM
Intra-diel patterns in ecosystem respiration revealed using continuous oxygen data from lakes around the globe
Gordon W. Holtgrieve, University of Washington; Steven Sadro, University of California, Santa Barbara; Christopher T. Solomon, McGill University & University of Montreal; Gregory Koch, Florida International University
3:40 PM
Time scale dependence in numerical simulations: Predicting physical, chemical, and biological patterns in Lake Mendota, WI from hours to weeks
Emily L. Kara, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Paul C. Hanson, University of Wisconsin; David P. Hamilton, University of Waikato; Luke Winslow, University of Wisconsin; Matthew Hipsey, University of Western Australia; Kevin C. Rose, Miami University; Jordan Read, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Cayelan C. Carey, Virginia Tech; Katherine D. McMahon, University of Wisconsin - Madison; Stefan Bertilsson, Uppsala University; David da Motta Marques, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul; Evelyn Gaiser, Florida International University; Todd R. Miller, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee; Lucas Beversdorf, University of Wisconsin - Madison; Chin Wu, University of Wisconsin - Madison; Yi Fang Hsieh, University of Wisconsin - Madison; Tim Kratz, University of Wisconsin
4:00 PM
Enhancing human passion and curiosity about lake ecosystem function:  A case study of sensors, citizens, and cyberinfrastructure from  Lake Sunapee, NH
Kathleen C. Weathers, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; David C. Richardson, SUNY New Paltz; Barbara J. Benson, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Kenneth Chiu, SUNY Binghamton; Ann Zimmerman, University of Michigan; June Fichter, Lake Sunapee Protective Association
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