Many images and data for this web site are organized within a web-friendly, custom-designed relational database. Members of the research team can do the updates themselves, without requiring technical web knowledge. But some portions of the site are not yet automated, such as the generation of maps.

If interested in knowing more about the database structure and web coding, please contact the Project Leader with details about your interest (we may publish something later). We might be able to send you the database structure in SQL format. Keep in mind that we probably cannot give you the code as it is fairly customized and not easily shared with others. In the future, we hope that our code will mature to make it easier to transfer to others. If you are keen to get access to it sooner, we might be able to assist you but only on a contract basis as our schedule allows.

Current data

  • 9 lakes
  • 416 samples
  • 415 algal counts
  • 350 taxa in database
    • 267 - species & subspecies
    • 74 - only to genus-level
    • 8 - other
  • 311 taxa counted
  • 84 algal images


Eastward view of the Green Lakes Valley, Niwot Ridge LTER, Front Range, Colorado, U.S.A. Photo: Kurt Chowanski (INSTAAR).