The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) and its partners 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.
The NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory is one of seven Federal research laboratories in the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), or “NOAA Research”. Designated on April 25, 1974, GLERL was established to provide a focus for NOAA’s environmental and ecosystem research in the Great Lakes and coastal marine environments.
The original GLERL was formed by merging staff from the Limnology and Computer Divisions of the Lake Survey Center of NOAA’s National Ocean Service with the staff of the International Field Year for the Great Lakes Office.
GLERL has made many important scientific contributions to the understanding and management of the Great Lakes and other coastal ecosystems. GLERL scientists regularly engage with academic, state, federal, and international partners. GLERL research provides information and services to support decisions that affect the environment, recreation, public health and safety, and the economy of the Great Lakes and coastal marine environments.
GLERL is CIGLR’s primary NOAA sponsor and home to CIGLR research institute personnel. This arrangement has facilitated a strong, long-term collaboration between GLERL and CIGLR scientists.
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