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Connecting Lake Observatories to Space-Based Missions: Global Lakes Ecological Observing Network (GLEON), NASA Surface Biology and Geology (SBG), and the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI)
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  • Paul Hanson,
  • Kathleen Weathers,
  • Stephanie Schollaert Uz,
  • Mark Servilla,
  • Corinna Gries
Paul Hanson
University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Kathleen Weathers
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
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Stephanie Schollaert Uz
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Mark Servilla
University of New Mexico Main Campus, University of New Mexico Main Campus
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Corinna Gries
University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Wisconsin Madison
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Assessing and understanding the extent and trajectory of change in inland waters is a great challenge, due in part to both differing methods — and cultures — of agencies that provide synoptic observations of Earth’s systems as well as the community of lake scientists whose research generates heterogeneous and distributed in situ data. Advancements require socio-technological initiatives that harness the resources of the highly diverse and distributed community of ecologists, as well as the products and expertise of the satellite remote sensing community. Here we describe a prototype for linking in situ and remotely sensed data for lakes through the collaborative efforts of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON), the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI), and NASA. GLEON provides a community of lake scientists and data from lake observatories. EDI curates and publishes data and ensures conformity to rigorous FAIR principles. NASA provides the expertise and workflows to deliver remotely sensed data products on demand. The integration of the data and the communities provides a foundation for a new generation of lake science.