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LAGOS - Predicted and observed maximum depth values for lakes in a 17-state region of the U.S.

This dataset includes predicted and observed values of maximum depth for lakes in the upper Midwest and northeast United States. All observed values came from LAGOS ver 1.040.0 (LAke multi-scaled GeOSpatial and temporal database), an integrated database of lake ecosystems (Soranno et al. 2015). LAGOS contains a complete census of lakes great than or equal to 4 ha with corresponding geospatial information for a 17-state region of the U.S., and a subset of the lakes has observational data on morphometry and chemistry. Approximately 40 different sources of data were compiled for this dataset and were mostly generated by government agencies (state, federal, tribal) and universities. Here, observed maximum depth values (n = 8164) were used to train and validate a predictive mixed effects model for lake depth using terrestrial and lake morphology as predictors (Oliver et al., submitted). Predicted values (n = 50 607) generated by the model had a root mean squared error of 7.1 m. This research was supported by the NSF Macrosystem Biology awards 1065786, 1065818, and 1065649.
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See Soranno, P.A., Bissell, E.G., Cheruvelil, K.S., Christel, S.T., Collins, S.M., Fergus, C.E., Filstrup, C.T., Lapierre, J.-F., Lottig, N.R., Oliver, S.K., Scott, C.E., Smith, N.J., Stopyak, S., Yuan, S., Bremigan, M.T., Downing, J.A., Gries, C., Henry, E.N., Skaff, N.K., Stanley, E.H., Stow, C.A., Tan, P.-N., Wagner, T., and Webster, K.E. 2015. Building a multi-scaled geospatial temporal ecology database from disparate data sources: fostering open science and data reuse. Gigascience 4: 28. doi: 10.1186/s13742-015-0067-4 for details on how the observed values were obtained. See Oliver et al. Prediction of lake depth across a 17-state region in the U.S. Submitted to Inland Waters for details on the mixed effects model and how predicted values were generated.
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South: Field Sampling Routine

A. Nutrient Sampling: Refer to the Field Sheet to see which bottles need to be sampled at which depths and the 'Southern Lakes LTER Bottle Codes’ for preservation, filtering, and coding information.
1.     Purge the lines: Whenever sampling from a new depth, the peristaltic pump tubing must be purged of the water from the previous depth. After reaching the proper sampling depth, use a graduated cylinder to measure the volume of water purged before beginning the sampling. Purge at least 1200 mL of water for each 20 meters of tu
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