A fresh look at fresh water: Researchers create a 50,000-lake database (NSF)

National Science Foundation: A fresh look at fresh water: Researchers create a 50,000-lake database. “To better understand the complex factors that threaten lake water quality, scientists need data on many lakes in various environmental settings. Unfortunately, much of the lake and geographic data needed for such studies is not easily accessible. The datasets exist in multiple formats in government, university and private databases – and sometimes in file drawers. Now, a new ‘geography of lake water quality,’ called LAGOS, is allowing scientists to understand lakes in ways that will better inform water policy and management. LAGOS, or the LAke multi- scaled GeOSpatial and temporal database, includes information on 50,000 lakes in 17 U.S. Northeastern and upper Midwestern states.”

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