SOM clustering of 21-year data of a small pristine boreal lake

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Lammi Biological Station en Voutilainen, Ari Arvola, Lauri Matti Juhani 2017-09-08T08:51:02Z 2017-09-08T08:51:02Z 2017-08
dc.identifier.citation Voutilainen , A & Arvola , L M J 2017 , ' SOM clustering of 21-year data of a small pristine boreal lake ' , Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems , vol. 2017 , no. 418 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1961-9502
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dc.description.abstract In order to improve our understanding of the connections between the biological processes and abiotic factors, we clustered complex long-term ecological data with the self-organizing map (SOM) technique. The available 21-year long (1990–2010) data set from a small pristine humic lake, in southern Finland, consisted of 27 meteorological, physical, chemical, and biological variables. The SOM grouped the data into three categories of which the first one was the largest with 12 variables, including metabolic processes, dissolved oxygen, total nitrogen and phosphorus, chlorophyll a, and taxonomical groups of plankton known to exist in spring. The second cluster comprised of water temperature and precipitation together with cyanobacteria, algae, rotifers, and crustacean zooplankton, an association emphasized with summer. The third cluster was consisted of six physical and chemical variables linked to autumn, and to the effects of inflow and/or water column mixing. SOM is a useful method for grouping the variables of such a large multi-dimensional data set, especially, when the purpose is to draw comprehensive conclusions rather than to search for associations across sporadic variables. Sampling should minimize the number of missing values. Even flexible statistical techniques, such as SOM, are vulnerable to biased results due to incomplete data. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems
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dc.subject 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology en
dc.subject boreal lake en
dc.subject data partitioning en
dc.subject ecological complexity en
dc.subject long-term data en
dc.subject self-organizing map en
dc.title SOM clustering of 21-year data of a small pristine boreal lake en
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dc.description.version Peer reviewed
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