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NOTE: As of August 2011, CILER has changed its research themes. For a list of previous themes and related projects click here.
Great Lakes Observing and Forecasting
In this theme, CILER strives to improve the forecasting of physical and ecological processes in the region, and improve access to historical and real-time climatic, meteoreological, chemical, biological and geological datae about the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Research under this theme focuses on the prevention, monitoring, detection, and control of invasive species, and on a better understanding of the range of their ecosystem impacts.
Great Lakes Nonindigenous Species Information System (GLANSIS) work continues through CILER, with 1) an emphasis on developing a prioritized list of potential high-risk invader species, and compiling associated fact sheets, and 2) identifying range expansion species and developing full profiles of them for inclusion in the information system.
The long-time monitoring and tracking of trends in primary producers, pelagic crustaceans, and benthic macroinvertebrates in the Great Lakes continues as a means to measure and forecast food web dynamics due to outside influences, such as invasive species. Related to this work, investigators are trying to also identify the role of pathogens in causing the disappearance of a rich food source, Diporeia, and how this relates to invasive mussel presence in the Great Lakes.
Protection and Restoration of Ecosystem Services
Promote and improve the conservation and preservation of Great Lakes natural, cultural, aesthetic and social resources by performing integrated and collaborative research that determines such measures as ecological tipping points, encourages sustainability, and helps resource managers and communites determine and evelop adaptive management plans.
For more information on this theme, please see the CILER projects previously listed under Integrated Assessment.
Ecological Risk Assessment
Document the causes and consequences of emerging physical, chemical and biological stressors in the Great Lakes basin that stem from industrial, domestic and municipal sources. Evaluate short and long-term effects that multiple stressors have or could have on Great Lakes ecosystems.