The Great Lakes face many challenges ranging from the impacts of invasive species on fisheries, to a decrease in ice cover, the resurgence of harmful algal blooms, and varying water levels in response to our changing climate. GLERL’s approach to scientific research—integrated around physical, chemical and biological interactions—serves as a framework to address the complex environmental challenges posed by a large-lake system in a state of flux as well as to serve as a model for other freshwater and coastal ecosystems.
The GLERL 2016 Strategic Plan, A commitment to integrated scientific research on the Great Lakes and coastal ecosystems has been developed to guide the laboratory over the next five years in the conduct of integrated scientific research built upon organizational excellence, integrity, and preeminence.
GLERL research is guided by its new vision and mission:
Mission: Conduct integrated scientific research on the Great Lakes and coastal ecosystems; develop and transition products and services; and share knowledge and information to advance science, service and stewardship.
Vision: A trusted scientific enterprise to advance observation, modeling, understanding, and prediction of the Great Lakes and coasts to sustain resilient ecosystems, communities, and economies.
The success of GLERL's mission can only be realized through collaborative partnerships with other agencies, institutions, and organizations. Cooperation leverages the expertise and resources of each partner to maximize results, to minimize overlaps, and to overcome obstacles that might limit progress. Together, we will accomplish much more in advancing understanding and conservation of the Great Lakes our nation's most precious freshwater resource than we ever could alone.
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