The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory maintains a diverse list of research partnerships. These include participating universities, municipalities, State, Federal, and international agencies, non-governmental institutions, and many others. These partnerships foster mutually beneficial research and collaboration, promote efficient information exchange and dissemination, and help identify and take advantage of shared resources and expertise.

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Onsite Partnerships

Onsite partnerships provide a unique opportunity for close collaboration, while sharing infrastructure costs, equipment, and personnel.

CILER logo Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER).
CILER is housed at the University of Michigan, with researchers working onsite at GLERL and in the field. Established in 1989, CILER has direct responsibilities for research in fresh water; but also supports research in estuarine and coastal marine environments. CILER research is focused in five areas: climate and large-lake dynamics, coastal and nearshore processes, large-lake ecosystem structure and function, remote sensing of large lake and coastal ocean dynamics and marine environmental engineering.

MIchigan Sea Grant logoGreat Lakes Sea Grant Extension Office. Sea Grant - a national network of universities - is a unique partnership of public and private sectors that combines research, education and technology transfer for public service. Through its network of Advisory Service (Extension) agents and its use of modern communications and education techniques, the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network plays a central role in supplying the region and the nation with usable solutions to pressing problems and providing the basic information needed to better manage Great Lakes resources.

National Marine Sanctuaries logoThunder Bay Marine Sanctuary Office. NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program focuses on protecting our nation's marine resources - both natural and cultural. In October 2000, NOAA and the State of Michigan entered into an agreement to jointly manage the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve. The 448-square mile sanctuary and underwater preserve protects an estimated 116 historically significant shipwrecks ranging from nineteenth century wooden side-wheelers to twentieth century steel-hulled steamers.

IAGLR logo (IAGLR) International Association for Great Lakes Research. The International Association for Great Lakes Research is a scientific organization made up of researchers studying the Laurentian Great Lakes and other large lakes of the world, as well as those with an interest in such research. IAGLR promotes all aspects of large lakes research, and communicate research findings through publications and meetings.

GLRI logo Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) President Barack Obama has committed to making Great Lakes restoration a national priority. Some 30 million Americans get their drinking water from the Great Lakes which also support a multi-billion dollar economy based on fishing, boating and recreational activities. In February 2009, President Obama proposed $475 million for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the most significant investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. Congress approved that funding level and President Obama signed it into law in October.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan was developed by a task force of 16 federal departments and agencies to help guide the administration’s efforts to carry out the President's historic initiative. It calls for aggressive efforts to address five urgent priorities: cleaning up the most polluted areas in the lakes, combating invasive species; protecting watersheds from run-off; restoring wetlands and other habitats, and working with strategic partners on outreach.

Other Partnerships & Collaborations

Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research (CICOR). Joint Institute of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and NOAA. CICOR builds ties between WHOI investigators and colleagues at NOAA laboratories.

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Cooperative Institutes
International Agencies
Higher Education
Commissions & Environmental Groups