LéXPLORE: Experimental floating platform on Lake Leman
“Léman exploration (LÉXPLORE)” is a joint project between EPFL, Eawag, University of Geneva, University of Lausanne, and INRA-Thonon-les-Bains (in admission). This innovative platform will be equipped with cutting-edge scientific instrumentation for simultaneous biological, chemical and physical analyses at high resolution.
Importance and advantages
- Continuous dataset
- Such a platform will allow to acquire continuous and real-time data, which will be an interesting addition to data collected by CIPEL. Compared to their traditional bimonthly sampling, these measurements at high spatial and temporal resolution will allow to understand the extremely fast dynamics of phytoplankton populations, to rapidly detect new invasive species and to analyze water quality more finely. This improved understanding of the ecosystem will allow to better model its adaptation to climate changes.
- Promoting research
- This project will favor a dynamic and cutting-edged research in the Lake Leman region, by reinforcing collaborations with regional research institutions and by attracting international researchers. Scientists, whom working conditions will be facilitated by this infrastructure, will develop innovative technologic applications to resolve pertinent problems to society.
- Public awareness
- To increase the visibility of the project, program of education and open doors days will be organized periodically. Later, the population could have access to data in real time, in order to facilitate navigation, to check wind or currents or to detect toxic algae blooms.
The scientific adventure has started !
Since 19 February 2019, the plateforme LéXPLORE is on Lake Geneva near Pully. The scientific instruments and the data acquisition system will be fully installed by June 2019. In the meantime, scientific projects are already collecting data.