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

I typically use this space to write about the spectacular natural resources we have in the Great Lakes, and to highlight the amazing work being done by NOAA, CIGLR, and our U.S. and Canadian partners around the Great Lakes. However, as you and I are both acutely aware right now, even the most important of Earth’s natural resources take a back seat to human health and safety. READ MORE

  • Paddleborder documentary: Crossing Lake Erie
  • CIGLR Announces New Policy Engagement Webpage!
  • CIGLR Welcomes Three New Members to Our Team!
  • Research Institute Spotlight: Joeseph Smith
    Great Lakes Research: Keeping Up With Big Data

Working from H.O.M.E.S.: Great Lakes Research is Challenged but Carries On

COVID-19 has brought many unknown challenges to CIGLR and the Great Lakes community as a whole. Although the daily hustle and bustle of laboratories and offices has ceased, the work and preparation for the 2020 Great Lakes field season carries on. Hear from a few CIGLR employees about how they are working from home to maintain our world’s most precious freshwater resource. READ MORE

CIGLR Minute Video Series

In our most recent CIGLR Minute video, you'll hear how CIGLR is working from home to help stop the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining our world’s most precious freshwater resource, the Great Lakes. 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. READ MORE


Improving Lake Effect Snow Forecasts

Lake-effect snow is a unique phenomenon to the Great Lakes region, and is only experienced in a few other places around the world. Accurately predicting the placement and intensity of lake-effect snowfall downwind of the Great Lakes is vital, as the severe nature of this snowfall can result in hazardous driving conditions, property damage, and loss of life. Dr. David Wright is a CIGLR Postdoctoral Research Fellow and is working to understand the sensitivity of atmospheric-lake surface conditions in the Great Lakes region and how this information can be used to improve forecasts and simulations of lake-effect snow. READ MORE

Assessing Environmental Changes in the Lake Erie Ecosystem

During the past century, the ecosystems of the Laurentian Great Lakes have been in states of flux. Specifically, Lake Erie has been a highly dynamic ecosystem, challenged by human impacts including pollution, introduced species, increased nutrient inputs, climate change and land-use change. Dr. Michael Fraker, an Assistant Research Scientist for CIGLR, uses an Ecosystem Based Management approach to describe ecosystem trends and what is causing them using long-term monitoring data from Lake Erie to advance the ability of conservationists and management agencies to sustain the varied ecosystem services that the lake provides. READ MORE

Journal Article Highlights
  • Shahraki, A.H., D. Heath and S.R. Chaganti. 2019. Recreational Water Monitoring: Nanofluidic qRT‐PCR Chip for Assessing Beach Water Safety. Environmental DNA. (DOI:10.1002/edn3.30).
  • Gronewold, A.D., J.P. Smith, L.K. Read and J.L. Crooks. 2020. Reconciling the Water Balance of Large Lake Systems. Advances in Water Resources. (DOI:10.1016/j.advwatres.2020.103505).
  • Rowland, F.E., C.A. Stow, T.H. Johengen. A.M. Burtner, D. Palladino, D.C. Gossiaux, T.W. Davis, L.T. Johnson and S. Ruberg. 2019. Recent Patterns in Lake Erie Phosphorus and Chlorophyll a Concentrations in Response to Changing Loads. Environment, Science, and Technology. (DOI:10.1021/acs.est.9b05326).
  • Stow, C.A., Q. Liu and E.J. Anderson. 2019. Nutrient Loading and Nonstationarity: The Importance of Differentiating the Independent Effects of Tributary Flow and Nutrient Concentration. WIREs Water. (DOI:10.1002/wat2.1396).
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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