CIGLR provides short-term funding up to $10,000 to form an initial response to an emergency or time-sensitive need in the Great Lakes (e.g., Flint water crisis, Toledo water crisis, oil or chemical spill, 100-year storm, etc.). Decisions on rapid proposals can be made internally in 2 days, and provide the seed funding researchers need to be ‘first-responders’ even as they solicit more substantial funds from an appropriate agency or organization. Any principal investigator or student from a Regional Consortium University Partner institution or Private Sector Partner organization may request rapid funding.
2019 Program Announcement
• Rapid Funding Request for Proposals
2019 Rapid Awards
In The News:
- Sensors to gauge rising water levels; 7/11/2019
- Scientists deploy new tool for real-time monitoring of rising river; Michigan News; 7/11/2019
About: Great Lakes water levels have reached record highs in 2019, eroding shorelines, threatening and damaging public/private infrastructure (e.g., marinas, homes and cottages), and overwhelming water systems in communities. On July 7, 2019, strong winds from the northwest pushed Detroit River water above the storm water system in Lasalle, Ontario, resulting in significant flooding, closure of streets, and limiting access to homes, public spaces (closed swimming pools and sport fields) and many businesses. The flooding also raises issues for the health of the Detroit River ecosystems, and downstream systems including Lake Erie. Currently, there is an urgent need to monitor water levels in the region and catch this event while it is still ongoing. Rapid funding provided by CIGLR will support water level, wind speed and direction and wave height instruments to be installed on the Detroit River and will be leveraged with instruments and technological support from the Realtime Ecosystem Observation Network (RAEON), which is based at the University of Windsor and provides instruments for Great Lakes research.
2018 Rapid Awards
In The News: Scientists launch pilot project to warn of potentially dangerous ‘meteotsunami’ waves in Great Lakes; Michigan News; 8/3/2018
About: The recent occurrences of a meteotsunami event on Lake Michigan, including a 14 inch water level rise in only 40 minutes near Ludington MI on April 13, 2018 (MLive), demonstrated that the existing observing network is not adequate to observe or attempt to predict this phenomenon. Meteotsunamis have the potential to cause significant damage to shoreline structures and can endanger lives (Bechle et al. 2016, Nature). A more robust monitoring and alert system is needed on Lake Michigan and Lake Erie to monitor, detect and mitigate the impact of future events. The rapid funding provided by CIGLR will be used to immediately supplement ongoing projects at NOAA GLERL and LimnoTech to develop a monitoring and notification system for atmospherically significant events that could lead to meteotsunami events. The rapid response funds will be used to (1) develop a data management system to log, archive, and display relevant meteorological (wind speed, direction and air pressure) and water level data from existing and new stations and (2) upgrade the existing observing system reporting frequency and add up to four new stations. Both tasks will focus on Lake Michigan and Lake Erie as those two lakes have higher occurrence and resulting impacts to life and property.