Supporting data for "LAGOS-NE: A multi-scaled geospatial and temporal database of lake ecological context and water quality for thousands of U.S. lakes"

Dataset type: Ecology
Data released on September 22, 2017

Understanding the factors that affect water quality and the ecological services provided by freshwater ecosystems is an urgent global environmental issue. Predicting how water quality will respond to global changes not only requires water quality data, but also information about the ecological context of individual water bodies across broad spatial extents. Because lake water quality is usually sampled in limited geographic regions, often for limited time periods, assessing the environmental controls of water quality requires compilation of many datasets across broad regions and across time into an integrated database. LAGOS-NE accomplishes this goal for lakes in the northeastern-most 17 U.S. states.
LAGOS-NE contains data for 51,101 lakes and reservoirs larger than 4 ha in 17 lake-rich U.S. states. The database includes three data modules for: lake location and physical characteristics for all lakes; ecological context (i.e., the land use, geologic, climatic, and hydrologic setting of lakes) for all lakes; and in situ measurements of lake water quality for a subset of the lakes from the past three decades for approximately 2,600-12,000 lakes depending on the variable. The database contains over 200,000 measures of chlorophyll concentration and almost 900,000 measures of Secchi depth. The water quality data were compiled from 87 lake water quality datasets from federal, state, tribal, and non-profit agencies, university researchers, and citizen scientists.
This database is one of the largest and most comprehensive databases of its type because it includes both in situ measurements and ecological context data. Because ecological context can be used to study a variety of other questions about lakes, streams, and wetlands, this database can also be used as the foundation for other studies of freshwaters at broad spatial and ecological scales.
Please note- all current data is hosted on the Environmental Data Initiative portal (EDI). The copy that is hosted on the GigaDB FTP server was taken at point of publication and will not be updated, please visit the EDI portal for the most recent updates.

Additional details

Read the peer-reviewed publication(s):

Soranno, P. A., Bacon, L. C., Beauchene, M., Bednar, K. E., Bissell, E. G., Boudreau, C. K., … Carr, J. W. (2017). LAGOS-NE: a multi-scaled geospatial and temporal database of lake ecological context and water quality for thousands of US lakes. GigaScience, 6(12), 1–22. doi:10.1093/gigascience/gix101

Additional information:

https://github.com/cont-limno/LAGOS

https://portal-s.edirepository.org/nis/home.jsp





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Funding body Awardee Award ID Comments
State of Michigan JA Latimore Clean Michigan Initiative
State of Maine LC Bacon
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency LC Bacon
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers M Boyer Federal Lake Operation and Maintanance Funds
Michigan Department of Natural Resources MT Bremigan Fisheries Division
National Science Foundation SR Carpenter
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation SR Carpenter
Université du Maine SR Carpenter
University of Wisconsin-Madison SR Carpenter
State of Massachusetts J Carr
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency KS Cheruvelil U-91595801-2 STAR Fellowship Program
National Science Foundation SM Collins Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology
Ohio Division of Wildlife JD Conroy Grant F-69-P Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service JD Conroy
Iowa Department of Natural Resources JA Downing ESD04HALFasch110155 Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Program
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency JA Downing Lakes Restoration Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency CS Funk
National Science Foundation MJ González
Ohio Department of Natural Resources MJ González
National Science Foundation SK Hamilton 1027253 Long-Term Ecological Research Program
National Science Foundation PC Hanson Long-Term Ecological Research Program
University of Rhode Island E Herron University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency C Hockings Water Pollution Control (Section 106) Grant
Lac du Flambeau Band C Hockings Lac du Flambeau General Fund
Bureau of Indian Affairs C Hockings
New York Department of Environmental Conservation JR Jackson
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WW Jones 319 Grant Program for States and Territories
New York City Department of Environmental Protection LL Janus Long-Term Watershed Protection Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency JR Jones
Missouri Department of Natural Resources JR Jones
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency C Keson Water Pollution Control (Section 106) Grant
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SA Kishbaugh Water Pollution Control (Section 106) Grant
State of New York SA Kishbaugh
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency BF Lathrop 319 Grant Program for States and Territories
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency JA Lynch
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency LJ Matthews
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WH McDowell
U.S. Geological Survey BP Neff Water Availability and Use Science Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency AI Pollard
National Science Foundation DM Post 717265 Division of Environmental Biology
State of Massachusetts PO Reyes Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
U.S. Geological Survey DO Rosenberry
State of New York KM Roy New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
U.S. Department of Agriculture LG Rudstam 1003732 National Institute of Food and Agriculture
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation LG Rudstam
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency O Sarnelle
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency NJ Schuldt Water Pollution Control (Section 106) Grant
National Science Foundation EH Stanley 1440297 Long-Term Ecological Research Program
Michigan Agriculture Experiment Station PA Soranno Disciplinary Research Grant
U.S. Department of Agriculture PA Soranno 176820 National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hatch project
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency JL Stoddard
Ireland Environmental Protection Agency KE Webster 2011-W-FS-7 STRIVE Programme
Lake Sunapee Protection Association KC Weathers
National Science Foundation JD White
Gull Lake Quality Organization JD White
National Science Foundation PA Soranno 1638554 Macrosystems Biology Program
National Science Foundation PA Soranno 1065818 Macrosystems Biology Program
National Science Foundation PA Soranno 1065649 Macrosystems Biology Program
National Science Foundation PA Soranno 1638679 Macrosystems Biology Program
National Science Foundation PA Soranno 1065786 Macrosystems Biology Program
Date Action
October 5, 2017 Dataset publish
November 13, 2017 Manuscript Link added : 10.1093/gigascience/gix101
November 13, 2017 External Link updated : https://portal-s.edirepository.org/nis/home.jsp