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Implementation of the Great Lakes Observing System

The GLOS-RA proposes to implement key observing system and modeling   improvements over the 2  8-2 11 period that focus on critical needs   of the Great Lakes region as identified through an extensive needs   assessment process. The focus of this work will be on developing  new products for four priority issues that affect the health,   ecological integrity and economic viability of the region, these   being: climate change impacts; ecosystem and food web dynamics;  protection of public health; and navigation safety and efficiency.     Critical information needs for these priority areas will be ddressed   by implementation of an array of integrated observations including   new moorings and additional sensors to measure temperature and   current profiles and meteorological conditions. Autonomous Underwater  Vehicle (AUV)/glider technologies will be included to provide   information on spatial variability. Cross-lake ferries will be   instrumented to collect repetitive observations of surface chemistry.  Satellite remote sensing products will be derived to begin daily   monitoring of lake surface loadings of nutrients and sediments.   Research will be conducted to determine the applicability of  operational high frequency shore radar in freshwater environments.   Initial assessments will be conducted to ascertain whether existing   National Weather Service Doppler radars could provide operational   measures of overlake precipitation and help improve overlake   evaporation estimates. Hydrodynamic model development will be   advanced in key interconnecting waterways between the lakes and   along nearshore areas where protection of public health is of high   concern. The proposed work will include coordination of existing   information resources and implementation of service-oriented data   integration and delivery approaches. Finally, an aggressive outreach   and education program will be conducted, including curricula   development, teacher education, GLOS product promotion and periodic   user needs assessments.    (climate change); (climate change impacts); (ecosystem and food web   dynamics); (protection of public health); (public health); (human   health); (navigation); (safety); (temperature); (nutrient);   (nutrients); (sediment); (sediments); (nearshore); (nearshore area);   (nearshore areas); (beach closure); (beach closures); (beach   closings); (beach closing)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Ecosystem
Landscape
Impact of Pollutants
Nutrients, Including Phosphorus
Land Use and Habitat
Shoreline
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Erie
Lake Huron
Lake Michigan
Lake Ontario
Lake Superior
Purpose of Project
Resource Management
Trend Assessment
Frequency
Daily
Region Being Monitored
Near and OpenShore Waters
Nearshore Terrestrial
Resource Being Monitored
Human Health
Hydrologic / Hydrometric / Climatic
Plankton / Microorganisms
Societal/Surface Water
Suspended Sediments
Program Drivers
Canada - U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC)
Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
Compliance with Environmental Quality Objectives
Degradation of Aesthetics
Degradation of Phytoplankton or Zooplankton Populations
Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae
Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat
Restrictions of Fish and Wildlife Consumption
Restrictions on Drinking Water Consumption or Taste and Odour Problems
Tainting of Fish and Wildlife Populations
Annex Numbers
Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
Research & Development
Surveillance and Monitoring
Annex 17
Mass transfer of pollutants between GL Basin Ecosystem components
Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants
General
Monitoring
  • Purpose of Project
    Purpose of Project
    Resource Management
    Trend Assessment
  • Frequency
    Frequency
    Daily
  • Number of Sampling Entities
  • Data Availability
  • Region Being Monitored
    Region Being Monitored
    Near and OpenShore Waters
    Nearshore Terrestrial
  • Resource Being Monitored
    Resource Being Monitored
    Human Health
    Hydrologic / Hydrometric / Climatic
    Plankton / Microorganisms
    Societal/Surface Water
    Suspended Sediments
  • Program Drivers
    Program Drivers
    Canada - U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
    State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC)
  • Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
    Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
    Compliance with Environmental Quality Objectives
    Degradation of Aesthetics
    Degradation of Phytoplankton or Zooplankton Populations
    Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae
    Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat
    Restrictions of Fish and Wildlife Consumption
    Restrictions on Drinking Water Consumption or Taste and Odour Problems
    Tainting of Fish and Wildlife Populations
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
    Research & Development
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Mass transfer of pollutants between GL Basin Ecosystem components
    Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants

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