Beyond lake sampling: Analyzing data & sharing results on the LakePulse Portal
LakePulse was created to provide a national portrait of lake health. To help bridge the gap between science and information usable by the public and decision-makers, the LakePulse Portal is a collective effort by researchers and trainees to share results from the 3-year lake sampling campaign across Canada.
NSERC requires LakePulse to demonstrate that it influences policy, and the Portal is designed to achieve LakePulse's metrics of success.
The Portal will provide a place where users can find information about lakes, watersheds, land use, and land cover. Interactive tools and maps will allow users to visualize and compare information on lake health.
Over the next 2 years, researchers and trainees will be analyzing data and disseminating their findings.
In addition, they are asked to work with the Geomatics team based at the Université de Sherbrooke to: identify which of their findings are relevant to a wide audience; explain them in plain language, maps and charts; and suggest the policy relevance of their findings.