Episodic Events - Great Lakes Experiment (EEGLE)

The Episodic Events - Great Lakes Experiment (EEGLE) data are posted on the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) website. The data sets are described and linked to below.

The Episodic Events - Great Lakes Experiment (EEGLE) observation data in Lake Michigan, the Great Lakes region, coordinated by the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory from 1997 to 2001

The Episodic Events - Great Lakes Experiment (EEGLE) project was coordinated by NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. The data collected in support of this project are archived in three accessions including: 1) biological and water quality observations; 2) sediment observations; and 3) oceanographic observations.

In August 1997 the NOAA Coastal Ocean Program and National Science Foundation Coastal Ocean Processes began a jointly funded program to study the impact of episodic plume events on sediment and constituent transport and subsequent ecological effects in Lake Michigan referred to as the EEGLE project. The project focused on the importance of episodic events on nearshore-offshore transport and subsequent ecological consequences. The programs goal was to create an integrated observational program and numerical modeling effort to identify, quantify, and develop prediction tools for the winter-spring resuspension event and to assess the impact of this event on the transport and transformation of Biogeochemically Important Materials (BIMS) and on lake ecology.

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montage of images from EEGLE project Southern Lake Michigan sediment plume from satellite image

Select Publications

Beletsky, D. and D.J. Schwab. 2001. Modeling circulation and thermal structure in Lake Michigan: Annual cycle and interannual variability. J. Geophys. Res 106:19745-19771.https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pubs/fulltext/2001/20010008.pdf

Beletsky, D., D.J. Schwab, P.J. Roebber, M.J. McCormick, G.S. Miller, and J.H. Saylor. 2003. Modeling wind-driven circulation during the March 1998 sediment resuspension event in Lake Michigan. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 108(C2). https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pubs/fulltext/2003/20030017.pdf

Chen, C., L. Wang, R. Ji, J.W. Budd, D.J. Schwab, D. Beletsky, G.L. Fahnenstiel, H. Vanderploeg, B.J. Eadie, and J.B. Cotner. 2004. Impacts of suspended sediment on the ecosystem in Lake Michigan: A comparison between the 1998 and 1999 plume event.J. Geophys. Res 109:C10S05, 18 pp. https://doi.org/10.1029/2002JC001687

Chen, C., R. Ji, D.J. Schwab, D. Beletsky, G.L. Fahnenstiel, M. Jiang, T.H. Johengen, H.A. Vanderploeg, B.J. Eadie, J.W. Budd, M.H. Bundy, W. Gardner, J.B. Cotner, and P.J. Lavrentyev. 2002. A model study of the coupled biological and physical dynamics in Lake Michigan. Ecol. Modeling 152:145-168. https://https://doi.org/10.1016/S0304-3800(02)00026-1

Eadie, B.J., D. Schwab, T. Johengen, P. Lavrentyev, G. Miller, R. Holland, G. Leshkevich, M. Lansing, N. Morehead, J. Robbins, N. Hawley, D. Edgington, and P. Van Hoof. 2002. Particle transport, nutrient cycling, and algal community structure associated with a major winter-spring sediment resuspension event in southern Lake Michigan. J. Great Lakes Res 28(3):324-337. http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pubs/fulltext/2002/20020017.pdf

Eadie, B.J., D.J. Schwab, R.A. Assel, N. Hawley, M.B. Lansing, C.S. Miller, N.R. Morehead, J.A. Robbins, P.L. Van Hoof, G.A. Leshkevich, T.H. Johengen, P. Lavrentyev, and R. E Holland. 1996. Development of Recurrent Coastal Plume in Lake Michigan Observed for First Time. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 77:337-338. http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pubs/fulltext/1996/19960010.pdf

Schwab, D.J., D. Beletsky, and J. Lou. 2000. The 1998 coastal turbidity plume in Lake Michigan. Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science 50:49-58. https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pubs/fulltext/2000/20000014.pdf

Winkelman, A.G., E.R. Stabenau, and B.J. Eadie. 1998. Particle Size Distribution and Concentration of Total Suspended matter in Southern Lake Michigan: January 28-February 10, 1998. NOAA Technical Memorandum ERL GLERL-105. 34 pp. https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pubs/tech_reports/glerl-105/tm-105.pdf

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