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


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News & Announcements

Robotic Lab Tracking Toxicity of Lake Erie Algal Bloom

A new research tool to safeguard drinking water is now keeping a watchful eye on Lake Erie. This week, scientists from CIGLR, the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab & the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute successfully worked together to deploy the ESPniagara, a robotic lake-bottom laboratory that tracks levels of dangerous toxins produced by cyanobacteria that bloom each summer in the lake’s western basin.

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…