Research Group: 
Running period: 
2013 tot 2017

The Spring Blitz is a coordinated effort from researchers around the world to link changes in water stability during the onset of stratification to plankton diversity. This project makes use of the GLEON network of lake sensors in lakes differing in stratification regime, testing whether lakes with strong stratification in spring develop higher plankton diversity, due to the variability in plankton diversity in a strongly layered water column. The main aim of this project is to study the role water column stability plays in determining plankton diversity in lakes.


Global environmental change



Schure Beijerinck Popping Fund, GLEON

Research team

Liz Ryder (Marine Institute of Science in Ireland)