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From New Sight to Foresight: The Long View on the Environment, Text Slide 21 of 29

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Slide Words: Scale needed to answer regional/continental questions

Slide Image: An automated, instrumented buoy floating on the water in Yuan Yang Lake, with a beach and a tree-covered hill in the back ground. The same photo is shown one hundred thirty six times (8 rows of 17). Stamped onto the array of photos is a negative symbol -- a large circle with a diagonal diameter going through the words “Not currently possible”. The slide represents the scale of monitoring not yet possible with today’s cyberinfrastructure. This is the scale that would be needed to make regional or continental inferences on direction and pace of change in ecological characteristics of lakes.

Credit: Photo by Grace Shau-Wei Hong, July 2004

Source: Tim Kratz, Trout Lake Station, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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