Smart Great Lakes


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The Smart Great Lakes Initiative exists to modernize an information ecosystem based on Great Lakes environmental data in order to improve understanding, use, and management of the lakes.

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This information ecosystem will connect the binational Great Lakes watershed, the largest freshwater system in the world, with advanced data management and analysis, leveraging technology innovations that get people the information they need, when they need it.

The vision is to make the Great Lakes “smart.”

A binational, collaborative effort including private industry, state, provincial, federal, tribal, academic, and non-profit partners and stakeholders, the Smart Great Lakes Initiative will work to identify and meet the information needs of the region’s policy makers, municipal and natural resource managers, and recreational users, among others.

The effort aims to improve the way people learn about and respond to lake events, inform critical policy, and direct future science and innovation.

The launch of this initiative begins with a call for data generators, researchers, funders, policy makers, resource managers, and industry in the region to come together around the vision of utilizing the latest technologies to share information to better understand the lakes.

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Photo credit: Buoy photo by Ed Verhamme, Limnotech

Smart Great Lakes Initiative is currently supported by:

Statements of support

“We’re proud our work towards a smart and connected Lake Erie has inspired the vision for Smart Great Lakes. We look forward to continuing to partner with GLOS to see this take shape.”

Bryan Stubbs, Executive Director of Cleveland Water Alliance

“The protection and sustainable development of the basin requires intimate knowledge about how socioeconomic activities impact the health of the entire watershed. The council is proud to support and develop the Smart Great Lakes Initiative so that policymakers, scientists, and businesses can make better decisions.”

Mark Fisher, President and CEO of the binational Council of the Great Lakes Region.

“Making our data public through GLOS means easy collaboration with other researchers and easy access for whomever else out there might find it useful. Calling the research community to start doing this on a larger scale will be huge.”

Aaron Fisk, GLOS Board Member and professor at the University of Windsor

“When you look at the binational challenges we, as a region, are looking to solve and the technology that GLOS has the capability to leverage, this is a natural, and, frankly, very exciting next step for the organization.”

Jennifer Boehme, GLOS Board Chair and International Joint Commission Environmental Scientist  

“I’m very eager to see what this initiative will mean for Great Lakes fisheries. Better sharing the information we have as a region would greatly help the GLFC and our partner agencies make management decisions.”

Bob Lambe, GLOS board member and Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) Executive Secretary. 

Get in touch

Email Katie Rousseau, Smart Great Lakes Liaison, at


Dec. 5, 2019: Smart Great Lakes Initiative gains momentum at Toronto meeting 

Dec. 6, 2019: GLOS and partners publish paper in Frontiers in Marine Science on making Lake Erie smart

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