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A Message from CIGLR’s Director, Dr. Bradley Cardinale

With the holidays quickly approaching, I am looking forward to time spent with family and friends in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Great Lakes form such a constant backdrop for our family events that it’s hard to imagine what the holidays would be like without them. READ MORE

  • Dr. Mark Rowe joins NOAA GLERL as Physical Research Scientist

  • Dr. Mark Rowe receives NOAA award 

  • CIGLR awards environmental journalism scholarships 


Stakeholder Engagement Success Story: Cleveland Water

For over a decade, the Cleveland Water Department (CWD), NOAA GLERL, CIGLR, and colleagues have collaborated to find out more about the causes and effects of hypoxic water in Lake Erie, especially related to Cleveland’s public water systems. CWD Water Quality Manager Scott Moegling has worked with scientists to improve predictions for when and where hypoxia will occur, how it moves around Lake Erie, and ultimately, when it may impact water utilities. Thanks to the valuable information gained from engaging with CWD and other Lake Erie drinking water facilities, the research team has been able to improve forecasts for Lake Erie hypoxia events. READ MORE

CIGLR Minute Video Series

The CIGLR Minute video series features short segments that highlight CIGLR’s scientists, projects, and partners, as well as our public outreach throughout the Great Lakes region. Check out the two videos produced this fall, featuring the GLANSIS project and a 2018 Year in Review.  READ MORE


Forecasting Flood Events for the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Basin

Scientists from CIGLR and NOAA GLERL are branching outside of the Great Lakes to help a flood-prone region better prepare for the destructive effects of floods. In collaboration with the International Joint Commission, they are studying the effects of recurring floods in the Lake Champlain Basin and are working in a multi-year project to develop a real-time flood forecast modeling system. READ MORE

Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Superior

Major changes have been documented in the ecosystem along Lake Superior’s southwestern shoreline near the Apostle Islands, including the occurrence of harmful algal blooms. As Lake Superior continues to warm and high intensity precipitation events occur more frequently, the emergence of HABs is likely to intensify and may threaten Lake Superior fisheries, tourism, and potentially even public health. Kaitlin Reinl, a 2017-18 CIGLR Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Large Lakes Observatory, started a study in 2017 addressing these HABs. By measuring nutrient levels, temperature, and algal growth in water samples from three regions, Kaitlin has started to examine the connection of HABs and climate change in Lake Superior. READ MORE

Journal Article Highlights
News Media Highlights

As one of 16 NOAA Cooperative Institutes, CIGLR helps NOAA accomplish its goals for research and management of the Laurentian Great Lakes by leading exciting new research efforts, training the next generation of Great Lakes scientists, expanding NOAA research in the Great Lakes through our Consortium, and translating research into actionable science to meet societal needs. Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) is our primary NOAA sponsor and home of CIGLR research personnel.

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