PerspectiveEcology

Understanding Lakes Near and Far

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Science  15 Nov 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6160, pp. 815-816
DOI: 10.1126/science.1244732

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Scientists have long viewed lakes as microcosms in which to study fundamental ecosystem processes (1). A large, heterogeneous body of multidecadal data has been accumulated around the world, documenting historical conditions, capturing temporal dynamics of complex ecological phenomena that could not be observed within shorter time periods. Building on this legacy of long-term data collection, innovations in sensor applications and computing are creating new opportunities for integrating data across different scales in space and time, enriching long-term research and stimulating collaboration.