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Lake-Wide Management Plans (LaMPS)

Links to Projects

Wetland Inventory Research and Education- The Great Lakes Aquatic GAP Program - Ecological Classification of Rivers for Environmental Assessment - Great Lakes Environmental Indicators Project - The Digital Water Atlas - Michigan Rivers Inventory - Integrated Coastal Management Tool - The Great Lakes Observing System - Great Lakes CoastWatch Node - International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Study - Lake Superior Decision Support System - Keweenaw Interdisciplinary Transport Experiment in Superior - The Wisconsin Coastal GIS Applications Project - International Field Years on Lake Erie - Lake Huron-Erie Corridor Initiative - Great Lakes Ecosystems Information Node

Additional Links

Great Lakes Information Network

 


Lake-wide Management Plans

Lake-wide Management Plans (LaMPS) (go to site)
US Environmental Protection Agency

A Lake-wide Management Plan, or "LaMP," is a plan of action to assess, restore, protect, and monitor the ecosystem health of a Great Lake. It is used to coordinate the work of all the government, tribal, and non-government partners working to improve the lake ecosystem.

 

Links to Projects

WIRE NET: the Wetland Inventory for Research and Education (go to site)
McMaster University, Hamilton, CA

The heart of WIRE Net is a centralized, binational GIS database with a focus on nearshore and wetland habitats. Examples of what you can find on the WIRE Net are: wetland maps for most Canadian wetlands, "eco-reach" delineations (i.e., functional shoreline units based on geomorphology, ecological characteristics, and wetland development), and historic fish distributions.

The Great Lakes Aquatic GAP Program (go to site)
US Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center Ann Arbor, MI

The goal of the Great Lakes Aquatic GAP Program is to evaluate the biological diversity of aquatic species and their habitats and to identify gaps in the distribution and protection of these species and their habitats. Specifically, the project objectives are to: develop maps of ecoregional drainage units in a GIS framework, provide hierarchical habitat classification schemes for riverine and coastal habitat, and collect and build aquatic biological databases.

Ecological Classification of Rivers for Environmental Assessment (go to site)
Michigan DNR, Institute for Fisheries Research, Ann Arbor, MI

The goal is to couple landscape-based modeling from large, regional datasets and regional land transformation models with a valley segment ecological classification approach already being employed in several Midwestern states. Specific objectives include the completion of a GIS-based river segment classification and a provision of a comprehensive status and risk assessment of river systems across the upper Midwestern states of Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Great Lakes Environmental Indicators Project (GLEI) (go to site)
Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth, MN

The goal of this project is to develop an integrated set of environmental indicators that can be used to assess the condition of the coastal margins of all five Great Lakes. Researchers are collecting data on habitat, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, vegetation, algae, and water quality in coastal wetlands and coastal margins of the U.S. Great Lakes.

The Digital Water Atlas (DWA) (go to site)
Michigan DNR, Institute for Fisheries Research, Ann Arbor, MI

The Digital Water Atlas Project involves development of both comprehensive, spatially explicit information describing the natural resources of Michigan inland waters and applications to support assessment of resource status and management options. The main objective of this project is to provide resource managers and other agencies with desktop access to such information and applications.

Michigan Rivers Inventory (MRI) (go to site)
Michigan DNR (Institute for Fisheries Research) and the University of Michigan (School of Natural Resources and Environment), Ann Arbor, MI

The Michigan Rivers Inventory database currently includes site- and catchment-level data for 700+ study locations linked by an extensive geographic information system. The combination of a GIS and an extensive field inventory database is designed to provide the ability to both describe and model key features of the biology, hydrology, and water quality of the Michigan's major rivers systems.

Integrated Coastal Management Tool (go to site)
Great Lakes Commission, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, and Michigan Natural Features Inventory

The Integrated Coastal Management Tool is a software program designed to assess or estimate coastal habitat change and thereby promote more informed coastal resource management decision-making. Existing datasets for coastal Lake St.Clair are available with the tool, which can be used to: inventory habitats, assess land and water habitat conditions, identify and rank potential restoration and conservation sites ,analyze "what if" scenarios for proposed changes in land use or land cover, and create maps, reports, and data tables.

The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) (go to site)

The Great Lakes Observing System is being developed to provide critical real-time and historical data for multiple users, including, among others, resource managers, researchers, homeland security interests, the commercial shipping industr,y and the recreational boating community.

Great Lakes Coast Watch Node (go to site)
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Ann Arbor, MI

The Great Lakes Coast Watch Node provide access to near real-time and retrospective satellite observations and in-situ Great Lakes data. CoastWatch data are used in a variety of ways, including near real-time observation and tracking of algal blooms, plumes, ice cover, wind, water intake temperatures at fish hatcheries; two and three dimensional modeling of Great Lakes physical parameters, such as wave height and currents damage assessment modeling research; and educational and recreational activities.

International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Study (go to site)
International Joint Commission, Windsor, ON

The Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence Study provides new information management tools to promote access to a wide array of information for researchers, managers, and interested individuals within the public. A web-based mapping tool can be found on this site.

Lake Superior Decision Support Project (LSDSS) (go to site)
Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN

The Lake Superior Decision Support Project is an effort to develop GIS-based decision support applications focused on the Lake Superior Basin. The primary goal of the project is to provide users with practical tools they can apply to local land and resource decisions in a context of basin-wide objectives for long-term sustainability and stewardship.

Keweenaw Interdisciplinary Transport Experiment in Superior (KITES) (go to site)
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

KITES is a 5-year study, begining in 1997, of the Keweenaw Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior.

The Wisconsin Coastal GIS Applications Project (go to site)
Land Information and Computer Graphic Facility University of Wisconsin and WI Sea Grant Madison, WI

The primary goal of the project is to teach the application of GIS/LIS and related spatial technologies to local government staff and officials to aid them in moving toward the sustainable management of Great Lakes coastal resources.

The Lake Huron-Erie Corridor (HEC) Initiative (go to site)
US Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center

Goals of the HEC initiative are to: 1) identify key aquatic research issues in the HEC using a consensus building and adaptive management approach; 2) develop a research strategy to address resource management issues in teh HEC that are identified; 3) create relevant new science to better address the needs of fisheries and aquatic resource managers in the HEC; and 4) provide managers with the scientific information they need to address aquatic resource issues in the HEC.

International Field Years on Lake Erie (IFYLE) (go to site)
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Ann Arbor, MI

The three primary objectives of IFYLE are to: 1) quantify the spatial extent of hypoxia across Lake Erie, and gather information that can help forecast its timing, duration, and extent; 2) assess the ecological consequences of hypoxia to the Lake Erie food web, and; 3) identify factors that control the timing, extent, and duration of HAB (including toxin) formation in Lake Erie, as well as enhance our ability to use remote sensing as a tool to rapidly map HAB distributions in the lake.

The Great Lakes Ecosystems Information Node (GLEIN) (go to site)
US Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center, and Institute for Fisheries Research, Ann Arbor, MI

The Great Lakes Ecosystems Information Node aims to be a gateway to biological information and data in the Great Lakes region. Currently , the site hosts links to information sources, as well as an Internet Map Server featuring the Great Lakes Spawning Atlas.


Additional Links

The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) (go to site)
The Great Lakes Commission, Ann Arbor, MI

Please visit GLIN for additional links to regional, federal, state and provincial, and independent agencies serving the Great Lakes region. In addition, GLIN provides information and maps for the Great Lakes region.

 



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