Data from: Salty Sensors, Fresh Ideas: The use of molecular and imaging sensors in understanding plankton dynamics across marine and freshwater ecosystems
Briseño-Avena, Christian; Spanbauer, Trisha; Pitz, Kathleen; Suter, Elizabeth (2019), Data from: Salty Sensors, Fresh Ideas: The use of molecular and imaging sensors in understanding plankton dynamics across marine and freshwater ecosystems, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.29pm4qs
In situ molecular and imaging instrumentation development has advanced our knowledge of plankton processes in marine ecosystems. However, these technologies are not yet being applied widely in freshwater ecosystems. Here, we advocate for the use of marine molecular and imaging in situ sensors in freshwater ecosystems to answer a range of questions from fundamental plankton ecology to applied environmental issues. To accomplish this, we briefly review a selection of marine in situ instrumentation developed for the collection of molecular and imaging information on plankton communities. In addition, we interviewed a selection of instrumentation developers to determine if the transfer of sensor technology from marine to freshwater ecosystems is feasible and to illuminate the process of creating in situ sensors. Finally, we discuss the status of in situ sensors in freshwater ecosystems and how some of the reviewed technology could be transferred to lakes to address basic and applied research questions.
National Science Foundation, Award: 1625040