Past Rapid Awards

2019 Rapid Awards

2019 Rapid Awards

Researchers Trevor Pitcher (back), Katelynn Johnson (middle), and Aaron Fisk (front) prepare high-tech buoys to deploy in the Detroit River channel between LaSalle and Fighting Island. Photo Credit: University of Windsor.

Project TitleCIGLR Rapid Grant Proposal: Protecting Great Lakes coasts during periods of high water

Key Project Personnel: Aaron Fisk (University of Windsor) and Trevor Pitcher (University of Windsor)

In The News:

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

2018 Rapid Awards

Project TitleEnhanced monitoring and data management to support meteotsunami research and detection

Key Project Personnel: Dr. Phillip Chu (NOAA GLERL) and Ed Verhamme (Principal Investigator, Limnotech)

In The NewsScientists 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.