As humans develop lake shorelines, several aspects of the terrestrial and aquatic habitats are altered, and these changes have potential effects that can ripple through aquatic food webs (Engel and Pederson 1998, Francis and Schindler 2009). Modifications to habitat structures along with direct human impacts, such as increased angling effort with lakeshore residential development (NRC 1992), may drive changes in game fish ecology.
We are implementing new technologies for studying the environment through formation of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON), a grassroots network of scientists and information technology experts who use data from instrumented buoys around the world to understand the complex coupling of physical and biological processes in lakes.
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