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GLEON Commits Support for U.S.-led Climate Data Initiative

9 December 2014

The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) announced today its commitment for the Obama Administration's Climate Data Initiative (CDI), an ambitious new effort to address climate change and develop ecosystem and water-resource planning and resilience tools for local communities through data-driven innovation. As part of the CDI's Water Theme unveiled by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy today, GLEON is launching in 2015 a pilot of a mobile application, the Lake Observer app, for citizen scientists to record lake and water quality observations.

The Lake Observer app ( supports the goal of making water-resources data open and accessible, and advances the GLEON mission to understand, predict and communicate the role and response of lakeks in a changing global environment. GLEON is also teaming up with Esri and the U.S. Geological Survey to create a crowd-sourcing platform to facilitate the collection and sharing of lake- and water-related information across the globe.

In addition to the new open datasets on water and ecosystems, new geospatial tools were added to today. GLEON joins a host of 16 public, nonprofit and private sector organizations that made commitments to devote expertise and technological capabilities to leverage climate data in ways that build resilience to the impacts of climate change.


     (Photos used in the app, including the app icon, are by Midge Eliassen)

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