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There’s still time to REGISTER! Join us for Lakebed 2030

This year, the NOAA ship Thomas Jefferson completed high-density scanning missions in the Great Lakes, helping update the existing maps and creating data that will support the Lakebed 2030 effort. Photo by NOAA.
Register for the fourth annual Lakebed 2030 conference!
Held in Traverse City, MI with a virtual option, this year’s conference will:
  • Focus on high-resolution mapping and bathymetry data in the Great Lakes.
  • Work towards developing a strategy to catalog new and existing lakebed information for shared use.
  • Share the latest technology advancements with the Great Lakes community.
Past years have been beneficial to the mapping community, whether from building connections, sharing data and information, or just getting to explore beautiful Traverse City in the fall. 

“It’s exciting that the Lakebed 2030 campaign is gaining momentum across the region, and this conference is a great opportunity to review progress and, more importantly, chart the vision for the future.” said Tim Kearns, CIO of GLOS. 
Learn more and register

GLOS attends a Tribal and Indigenous climate conference

The conference focused the final plenary on youth involvement in addressing climate change and featured this panel of young people from around North America, and a few from as far away as New Zealand. 
This month, Kelli, Katie, and David represented GLOS at the National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference in St. Paul, MN.
The event brought together an international audience of “knowledge holders on climate change and resilience efforts with an emphasis on the intersection, inclusion and honoring of Traditional and Indigenous Knowledges.”
For us, it was an extremely valuable time of listening to and learning from Indigenous communities and their supportive stakeholders in our region to understand where best GLOS can provide added value to their efforts.
“The idea of thinking seven generations ahead isn’t a new concept, especially to our Indigenous partners. Devising long-term solutions to climate-related issues in a respectful, truly collaborative way is the challenge and our focus.” said Katie Rousseau, Smart Great Lakes Liaison. 
Talks covered a range of climate topics including:
  • Coastal resilience.
  • Data sharing and access.
  • Traditional food and sustainable agriculture.
  • Decolonizing science, management, and collaboration.
Left: GLOS sponsored the event and hosted a table where we were able to talk with dozens of attendees. Besides demoing Seagull we got to chat about Smart Great Lakes and the potential for a Indigenous-led Smart Great Lakes Initiative

Right: After-hours, GLOS brought home first place at trivia night, certified by Bill (right). Minneapolis will never be the same.

Learn more about the HABON project

Researchers work on an AUTOHOLO device, which uses holographic technology to image and detect harmful algal blooms. Photo by Aditya Nayak, Florida Atlantic University.
Since 2020, GLOS and a number of regional partners have been part of a pilot project team that is testing and deploying technologies that can help better understand harmful algal blooms. 
Some technologies that the group is working on include a holographic imaging system called AUTOHOLO and a “lab in a can” environmental sample processor that can autonomously track toxin levels.
This Great Lakes pilot is funded through the National HAB Observing Network (NHABON) and has expanded in scope and the number of organizations involved since its inception. The collaboration includes: HABON is one of the most recent projects GLOS has undertaken to help improve our region’s understanding of HABs. Learn about what else GLOS has done since the Toledo Water Crisis of 2014.
Learn more

Seagull Users Livestream recap + Catch us at #ChiWaterWeek

Tim and Shelby went live with our users for the first time.
Tim and Shelby hosted the first Seagull Users Livestream on August 31. If you missed it, you can check out the recording here
The first livestream featured a rundown of some recent updates to Seagull, details on what’s next (including a peek at app designs for viewing more model layers) and a great conversation with a few of our users. 
Thanks to all who submitted feedback and questions over social media and a special shoutout to Captain Mike and Scott from the Michigan DNR for joining us live. (If you’d like to join us on our next livestream, just Reply to this email!)
And, if you haven’t already checked out the lineup at this year’s Chicago Water Week, make sure to register soon! 
Our friends at Current always do a great job with this event, and we hope you can join Tim for a demo of Seagull on Oct. 3. Register here.
Register for Chicago Water Week (it's free!)

👶 P.S. This month, Shelby, our observing tech. manager, welcomed Eleanor to her family. Congrats!
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