Summits & Working Groups


CIGLR convenes top experts from Great Lakes universities, NGOs, government agencies, and businesses to participate in summits and working groups (SWGs) focused on identifying the most pressing research and management needs to achieve sustainability in the Great Lakes.

  • Summits comprise groups of 20-30 invited experts meeting for 2-3 days to summarize the state of knowledge and recommend future directions on Great Lakes problems that span decadal time-scales.
  • Working groups bring together smaller groups (8-12) for up to one week to make detailed progress on more narrow Great Lakes issues with solutions on the time scale of months to years.

Summits and working groups are centered on CIGLR’s research themes and are designed to advance Great Lakes science and contribute to CIGLR’s mission to increase NOAA’s research capacity across the Great Lakes.

CIGLR funds and hosts three to five SWGs per year. Competitive funding up to $20,000 is awarded for SWGs led by Regional Consortium University Partners or Private Sector Partners, with Steering Committee participation by NOAA GLERL representatives.

2021 Program Announcement – deadline January 15, 2021

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Upcoming Summits and Working Groups

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Groundwater in Crisis? Addressing Groundwater Challenges in Michigan as a template for the Great Lakes

Dates: TBA

Steering Committee: Lead: Al Steinman (GVSU-AWRI); Co-leads: Philip Chu (NOAA-GLERL), Patrick Doran (TNC), Carol Miller (Wayne State Univ), Don Uzarski (CMU), Tom Zimnicki (MEC)

CIGLR Research Theme: Healthy Communities



State of the Great Lakes Reporting and the Prescription White Paper

Dates: TBD

Steering Committee: Lead: Michael Murray (National Wildlife Federation); Co-leads: John Bratton (LimnoTech), Ashley Elgin (NOAA GLERL), Casey Godwin (UM CIGLR), Tian Guo (Michigan State University), Tom Johengen (UM CIGLR & Michigan Sea Grant), Catherine Riseng (University of Michigan, Michigan Sea Grant)

CIGLR Research Theme: Coastal Resilience



Oil Spills Under Ice – Challenges and Solutions

Dates: TBD

Steering Committee: Lead: Volodymyr (Vlad) Tarabara (Michigan State University); Co-leads: Ayumi Fujisaki-Manome (UM CIGLR), Melissa Baird (Michigan Technological University), Edoardo Sarda (Lake Superior State University)

CIGLR Research Theme: Healthy Communities