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

I’ve been thinking lately about how we measure the impacts of our work. We not only invest our money, we also invest our time, expertise, and creativity into research and management of the Great Lakes. And the return on these investments extend far beyond their economic returns. READ MORE

  • Stand Up for Great Lakes: Paddleboarders raise money for Great Lakes research & awareness

  • CIGLR welcomes 5 new members to our team!

  • Three CIGLR employees join NOAA GLERL

  • CIGLR hosts Great Lakes Ice Forecast Needs Assessment Workshop


Welcome 2019 Great Lakes Summer Fellows!

Each year, CIGLR has the pleasure of hosting a group of bright, upcoming scientists as part of our Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program. During the course of their 12-week fellowship, students are exposed to a broad range of disciplines while working on a substantive research topic under the mentorship of a CIGLR or GLERL scientist.  READ MORE

CIGLR Minute Video Series

The CIGLR Minute is a series of short videos that highlight CIGLR’s scientists, projects, and partners, as well as our public outreach throughout the Great Lakes region. Check out our two most recent videos, featuring a public outreach story and a profile of CIGLR’s Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, Devin Gill. READ MORE


Toward Environmental Policies that We All Love: Social Science Research Informs HAB Reduction Efforts

Excessive nutrients threaten the health of the Great Lakes and the communities that surround them. The harmful algal blooms (HABs) and low oxygen (hypoxia) that plague Lake Erie each summer and fall are the symptoms of inadequate land management that fails to prevent nitrogen and phosphorus from washing into the lake from agricultural areas. Developing socially-acceptable policies to better manage nutrients on the land has been a challenge, slowing progress toward improved water quality. CIGLR, NOAA GLERL, and partners are using social science methods to better understand what causes people to support or oppose regulatory policies to reduce agricultural runoff. They hope that their results will help to develop policies that are acceptable to diverse communities with different beliefs and backgrounds. READ MORE

Outreach and Communications Update: Reaching the Next Generation of Great Lakes Scientists

In February, thirteen year old California native Jason Wang was preparing his science fair project focused on climate change. He was particularly interested in looking at disparities in snowfall throughout different regions of the country. When doing research for his project, Jason found the CIGLR Minute video focused on lake effect snow. In an effort to understand this phenomenon better, Jason contacted CIGLR scientists Dr. Ayumi Fujiski-Manome and Lindsay Fitzpatrick for more information. His communications with them inspired him to undertake an ambitious, award-winning project. READ MORE

Journal Article Highlights
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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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