Data Science Meetup member Rosalie Bruel (a post-doc in the UVM Rubenstein School) has offered to help coordinate a stats-a-thon focused on environmental monitoring data from Lake Champlain. Let's get together to assess this very interesting long term dataset and brainstorm ways that we could use data science techniques to learn more about the "West Coast of New England".
Note: We will probably meet in the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory. Stay tuned.
This will be a long term "stats-a-thon" similar to the prediction event we had a couple of years ago. We can form groups or work independently on the dataset. We can potentially have a meeting to see people's progress as well. Then in May or June, we'll get back together at the end of spring for teams to present their results.
This opportunity to do hands on analysis will dove-tail very nicely with Carter Stowell's upcoming presentation (on Feb 6th) on using environmental monitoring data to better understand Dengue fever. So if you have the chance, try to attend both!
ABOUT THE DATASET:
The Lake Champlain Long-Term Water Quality and Biological Monitoring Project began in 1992. The project is conducted annually by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State DEC, with funding provided by the Lake Champlain Basin Program and the two states. The data have a spatial (15 lake stations + 22 tributaries) and temporal (25 years) coverage. Physical (e.g., temperature), chemical (e.g., nutrients) and ecological (e.g., phytoplankton biomass) are measured.
The idea is to explore these data and confront them with climatic data to see whether we can detect trends or predict events (e.g., algal blooms).