Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, OAR, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Data Center Description
The NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) is one of 12 federal research laboratories within the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research line office of NOAA. GLERL is a center of excellence for aquatic research and employs an ecosystem perspective as an investigation strategy.
Scientists at GLERL conduct integrated, interdisciplinary environmental research and monitoring in support of resource management and environmental services in coastal and estuarine waters with a special emphasis on the Great Lakes. Researchers perform field, analytical, laboratory and modeling investigations to improve understanding and prediction of coastal and estuarine processes and the interdependencies with the biota, sediments, water, and atmosphere. GLERL emphasizes a systems approach to problem-oriented and solution-focused research to develop environmental service tools. Assistance is also provided to resource managers and others who wish to apply the information, tools and services developed.