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Hidden biodiversity of fresh water lakes (LakelifeWEB)

We are developing a website with pictures and videos about microscopic species in arctic lakes. These pictures will be open-source and ranked according to taxonomy with reference to official descriptions of the species. The set-up of the website will allow easy additions by any collaborators.

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Starts
2019-05-01

Ends
2029-12-31

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Project type

  • education and outreach

Discipline

  • terrestrial biology

Project Keywords

  • biosphere / aquatic ecosystems / plankton
  • biosphere / aquatic ecosystems / lakes
  • biological classification / animals/invertebrates
  • biosphere / microbiota taxonomy

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Summary

This project is a proposal to the Svalbard Environmental Fund, to develop a website which will be an open source to microscopic species in arctic lakes. Microscopic life (zooplankton, fytoplankton, zoobenthos and fytobenthos) contains a rich biodiversity, which is highly sensitive to environmental differences. Many families have been recognized as sensitive indicators for climate and can be important in climate change research. Every lake can be an independent ecosystem and processes like introduction and colonisation are also important processes for understanding the uniqueness of Svalbard as a remote island. The ultimate aim of the website is to provide a photographic reference collection of limnic species where it is easy to contribute. Users can be students and scientists, who study biodiversity or want to link species with environmental data. It will also create awareness for tourists in arctic lakes.

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