As one of 16 NOAA Cooperative Institutes, CIGLR helps NOAA accomplish its goals in the Laurentian Great Lakes by

  • Leading exciting new research efforts,
  • Training the next generation of Great Lakes scientists,
  • Expanding NOAA research in the Great Lakes through our Regional Consortium, and
  • Translating research into actionable science to meet societal needs.

Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) is our primary NOAA sponsor and home of CIGLR research personnel.

Our Partners


Since 2008,

$36 million in funding

434 students supported

800+ journal articles & reports

149 post-docs supported


  • 8/15/17: Yushun Chen

    Ecological responses to water diversion of the eastern route of the South-to-North Water Diversion P...

News & Announcements

Tsunamis on the Great Lakes?

CIGLR’s Meteotsunami Summit was covered by WDIV Local 4 Detroit. Included are interviews by our partners at NOAA-GLERL, Eric Anderson, and the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute, David Schwab! Watch here.

Meteotsunami Warning System for the Great Lakes: A CIGLR Summit

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is kicking off its 2017 summit series by focusing on the development of a meteotsunami warning system for the Great Lakes. Tsunamis are a common, yet largely under recognized, phenomenon in the Great Lakes…

Spring 2017 eNewsletter

In this Issue: Director’s Letter from Dr. Brad Cardinale. CIGLR Impacts. Spring Announcements. Our New CIGLR employees. Great Lakes Summer Fellow Spotlight. Featured Research, Invasive Hitchhikers: Catching a Ride on Lake Currents. Featured Research, Ready, Set, Science! Summer Research on the Great Lakes. Recent Publications. Sign up to receive CIGLR’s quarterly eNews and stay informed about Great Lakes research and events.