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NOAA-GLERL and its partners conduct innovative research on the dynamic environments and ecosystems of the Great Lakes and coastal regions to provide information for resource use and management decisions that lead to safe and sustainable ecosystems, ecosystem services, and human communities.

Research Programs

Observing Systems and Advanced Technology: Develops cutting-edge technologies to acquire data for developing needed information products, improving understanding of the Great Lakes and coastal ecosystems.
Ecosystem Dynamics: strives to anticipate, monitor, analyze, understand, and forecast changes in the Great Lakes and coastal ecosystems, strengthening the capacity to manage water quality, fisheries, the ecosystem, and surrounding human health.
Integrated Physical and Ecological Modeling and Forecasting: conducts innovative research, developing numerical models to predict physical, chemical, biological, and ecological responses in the Great Lakes to weather, climate, and human-induced changes.