Summits & Working Groups
CILER 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 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory’s (GLERL’s) research programs – Ecosystem Dynamics, Integrated Physical and Ecological Modeling and Forecasting, and Observing Systems and Advanced Technology – and are designed to advance Great Lakes science and contribute to CILER’s mission to increase NOAA’s research capacity across the Great Lakes.
CILER funds and hosts three to five SWGs per year, including competitive funding up to $20,000 for Consortium-led SWGs. Priority is given to proposals involving GLERL scientists.
The Superior Challenge: Forecasting the Impacts of a Strong El Niño on the World’s Largest Lake
Dates: May 17-19, 2016
Leads: Branko Kerkez, University of Michigan; Peter Blanken, University of Colorado-Boulder; John Lenters, LimnoTech; Chris Spence, Environment Canada; Drew Gronewold, NOAA GLERL
GLERL Research Program: Integrated Physical and Ecological Modeling and Forecasting
Ecosystem Services in the Great Lakes
Dates: June 22-24, 2016
Leads: Brad Cardinale, University of Michigan-CILER; Alan Steinman, Grand Valley State University-Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI); Wayne Munns, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
GLERL Research Program: Ecosystem Dynamics