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EPSSI Seminar: Deborah Lee, Director, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

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Monday, November 8, 2021 4 pm to 5 pm

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A Joint EPSSI/Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar


NOAA in the Great Lakes


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lake Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) was created in 1974 to “conduct research directed toward an understanding of the environmental processes in the Great Lakes and their watersheds.” As one of ten laboratories and programs within NOAA’s research division—Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)—our freshwater focus on Great Lakes, large lakes of the world, and coastal ecosystems makes us unique among NOAA OAR laboratories and programs. Our research contributes to the products and services that protect lives and livelihoods, the economy, and the environment of the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes basin is a vital freshwater resource that spans across U.S. and Canadian borders and enriches the lives of more than 34 million people who live, work, and recreate in the region. Our awareness and understanding of the fragile, complex, and interconnected nature of the Great Lakes is now more important than ever. As we look ahead, we must recognize the uncertainty that the dynamic forces of human-induced stressors and a changing climate bring to our work. The science program at GLERL is foundational to and interwoven across the core NOAA mission and is guided by OAR’s goals to explore the marine environment; detect changes in the ocean, Great Lakes, and atmosphere; make better forecasts; and drive innovation. Our approach to scientific research—integrated around physical, chemical, and biological interactions—serves as a framework to address the complex environmental challenges posed by a large lake system in a state of flux, as well as a model for other freshwater and coastal ecosystems.  Come hear about our research, Summer Fellow Program and career opportunities!

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