From: University of Windsor
Published August 9, 2017 08:10 AM

Great Lakes scientists identify research challenges

The Great Lakes could be in hot water if the quality of the research and partnerships are not improved, warns a University of Windsor professor.

“Fresh water is arguably the most important issue for the world going forward to support the planet,” said University of Windsor professor Aaron Fisk, the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Changing Great Lakes Ecosystems. “But the amount of resources that are dedicated to the Great Lakes from the U.S. and Canada is only a fraction of what is funded for the oceans.”

Researchers from Canada and the United States met for a workshop at Michigan State University in September 2014 and identified five scientific priorities for Great Lakes Research: climate, ecosystem processes, biophysical scale, stressors, and value to humans. Those findings were published in June 2017 by Limnology and Oceanography, a leading journal in this field.

Dr. Fisk, a professor at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research and department of earth and environmental sciences, and his colleagues continue to meet regularly to review progress on each priority.

 

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