Journal Highlights

Toward a better understanding of high mountain lakes

Editor’s Highlight—

 

Size, morphometry, depth, volume, and catchment/surface ratio are basic parameters for any limnological study, thus a new approach for how to infer such data from other sources is useful for the assessment of the role of freshwater bodies with respect to productivity or biodiversity. Moreover, it is of central interest for assessing the effects of global change and its potential and concrete impact on water bodies. This is even more important in under-studied regions such as the Andes. This paper presents data on many high elevation lakes in Ecuador. The authors also test ideas and concepts about size-number relationships, with some fresh results about a disturbing though fundamental question in freshwater ecology: how many lakes are there on Earth, and does their distribution follow the power law? Overall this is a stimulating paper with plenty of useful information for all limnologists, but especially for those working in alpine regions.