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Strategic Plan 2020-2025 - Smart Great Lakes

On Oct. 22, we rolled out a strategic plan for 2020-2025 detailing a vision for how GLOS can help to make the Great Lakes smart.
The Smart Great Lakes Initiative, which was launched at the same time, co-led by Cleveland Water Alliance and Council of the Great Lakes Region, will work to advance technology applications that improve our understanding, management, and use of the Great Lakes.

Interested in getting involved? Email Katie Rousseau, Smart Great Lakes Liaison at 

Learn More and Get Connected

Lakebed 2030

The Great Lakes needs a better basemap. We don’t know what 95% of bottom of the lakes looks like. We need high resolution mapping to better understand the Great Lakes and the impact it has on the environment, shipping, recreation, and water processes.
To build a better basemap, we need bathymetry (underwater topography) data. 
More on this to come, but if you’d like to get involved in this project, have bathymetry data or know someone who does, get in touch with Linden, our data coordinator, at

Do you:
  1. Have any high-resolution bathymetry or bathymetry derived products (i.e., sidescan sonar, backscatter, substrate information, etc.) that you’d consider sharing?
  2. Know of any regional groups or organizations who may consider sharing data?
We plan to roll out a more formal initiative soon, in the meantime sign up to learn more.
Stay in the Loop

Please welcome Chief Information Officer, Tim Kearns

Tim joined GLOS as Chief Information Officer in October of this year. Since July, 2018 he worked as a senior technology advisor and helped shape the strategic plan and guide decisions for GLOS information systems.  He will be leading the development of the next generation technology platform and supporting the Smart Great Lakes information ecosystem. 

Tim is a technology futurist with deep experience in marine information systems, mapping and visualization, and data management.  He lives in Seattle, Washington, where he enjoys adventures with his family and dabbles in woodworking and climbing.
Read his bio here.

Please also welcome Julie Arbit, 2019-2020 Intern

Julie just joined our team last week as the 2019-2020 GLOS intern. She is a first year master’s student at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability.

In her off hours, she’s a professional Bridge player. 🎴🎴🎴
Read her bio here.


P.S. Watch for ice forming here this winter using data from the NOAA Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System. The darker the pixels, the more ice there is. 
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