GLEON Visualization

Data visualization—interpreting high-resolution sensor data captured from lakes worldwide.

Work — GLEON Visualization


The spirit of science drives us all towards a similar goal—a greater understanding. The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) seeks to better understand, predict, and communicate the role and response of lakes in a changing global environment.

GLEON and their worldwide network of instrumented buoys on lakes produce real-time high-resolution data that is available to the public. This is extremely valuable to research, across disciplines, and to any stakeholders in the future of freshwater. However, what good is all of this data if there is no way to find meaning in the numbers? How can we start to better understand the story it is trying to tell?

Through the voice of data visualization we can give life and meaning to data. Sets of seemingly disconnected data can start to shed light on unseen patterns through the alternative use of form, color, and time. This project begins to do just that using data posted from Lakeside Lab. Temperature is shown through color, windspeed and direction through waves over time, and barometric pressure through tint.

This project is in its infancy, however, as the database builds history GLEON Visualization will begin to be able to tell the story of each lake—compared side by side—with simple color and formal visuals. The ultimate goal in it’s use is to shed light on areas of cause and effect including forward trends.

The records interface allows browsing the history of all scraped and stored buoy data available through the api.

The current conditions interface loads in real time the most recent high-resolution sensor data.

The google maps locations interface allows for visual browsing through all the available buoy locations.


GLEON Mission Statement

The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network conducts innovative science by sharing and interpreting high-resolution sensor data to understand, predict and communicate the role and response of lakes in a changing global environment.

Learn more about the GLEON agenda here


Lakeside Lab Artist in Residence

This project was started during Eric Andren’s stay in residence at Lakeside Lab.

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Website built on WordPress making use of the REST API.
Data scraping utility programmed in php and ran in crontab.
Data stored in WordPress as custom type and saved / accessed through public REST API.
Data visualization programmed in p5.js.
Google maps locator developed with Google Maps API.

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