Hosted by the University of Michigan, the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is a partnership between NOAA, universities, non-governmental agencies, and businesses. CIGLR fosters collaborative research to achieve environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the Great Lakes. The CIGLR research institute is collocated with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), complemented by a regional consortium that serves to broaden the institute’s research capacity, intellectual expertise, and geographic scope across the Great Lakes.
CIGLR research focuses on four themes that align with the NOAA GLERL strategic plan:
Observing Systems and Advanced Technology – Providing real-time information about Great Lakes weather and water through a network of high-tech automated equipment to support decision making.
Invasive Species and Food Web Ecology – Tracking ecological communities from microbes to fish to understand how changes in biology will impact people and their environment.
Hydro-meteorological and Ecosystem Forecasting – Developing reliable models to predict environmental changes that may threaten human health, safety, or prosperity.
Protection and Restoration of Resources – Safeguarding the Great Lakes’ natural assets to secure a healthy, happy, and economically prosperous future.
Activities within CIGLR’s ECO Program transform research into solutions for the complex problems facing the Great Lakes:
Engagement with legislators, resource managers, and other stakeholders to develop the tools and information needed to guide the wise management and protection of the Great Lakes.
Career Training to build a diverse and skilled workforce by providing NOAA-mission related research experience to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral research fellows.
Outreach and Communications to connect with communities and promote NOAA research in the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes, showing seasonal algal blooms (green) in Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron and predominantly the western basin of Lake Erie. Also shown in light blue is resuspended sediment Credit: NASA