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Your January Update

2021 Mini-Grants: Awards of $20,000-$150,000 available for projects this year

Have an idea that will help support observations, data management, and information delivery in the Great Lakes? Please consider submitting a proposal!

- Deadline: March 12
- Awards will range $20k-$150k (USD)
- Open to both U.S. and Canadan organizations. 

Please reach out to with any questions or to discuss ideas. 

Learn more

New article: “Smart IoT platform ‘Seagull’ to usher in a new era of Great Lakes understanding for all”

Learn more about the platform we’re building with our partners at SpinDance and RPS Group. Seagull will make it easier than ever before to access live Great Lakes information and to connect new data streams - like from buoys, weather stations, and computer models.

Read the article

Consider submitting to our IAGLR session: "Great Lakes observing: Advances, best practices, challenges"

Have an observing story to tell, insights to share, or best practices to contribute from 2020 or beyond?

Join GLOS Observing Technology Manager Shelby Brunner and researcher Mike McKay of the University of Windsor.

Abstracts are accepted through January 22.

Session description:

"Observing and monitoring the Great Lakes is a diverse and challenging landscape -- from securing shiptime for deployment and maintenance to testing emerging technologies to delivery of quality data to the end users. Add a pandemic into the logistics and these efforts can border on mayhem.

Despite the mayhem that the 2020 field season brought, data providers responded with resilience and adaptability that made the year a success. These lessons learned in an especially difficult field season, as well as normal best practices and techniques for developing and establishing an observing program, are the focus for this session. This session is a venue for sharing observing and data management best practices, challenges, and strategies (pandemic related or otherwise) with one another and the Great Lakes Observing System team. Development of new observing technologies and platforms within the Great Lakes basin to fill identified gaps are also encouraged.

The Great Lakes observing community can and should learn from one another to foster a greater sense of community, increase coordination across institutions, learn about emerging areas of interest, and educate the next generation of observers."

Photo by Sofar Ocean

Submit your abstract
Note: You may need to try the link twice. Some have experienced issues.

Tech bootcamp students learn as they build using real-time data from GLOS

Students at Grand Circus, a tech training bootcamp based in Michigan, learned to handle real-time lake data through a recent partnership with GLOS.

After taking the time to learn the needs of GLOS users, teams of students took the semester to build apps that could display buoy data, tell users whether water was too dangerous for a swim, visualize long-term chemical trends, and display webcam footage. 

After graduating from Grand Circus, these students will look for jobs as developers and designers. You can see their work at (account creation required). 

Jump straight to the GLOS projects here and here.

See Grand Circus student projects

Just published: Our 2020 Annual Report 

2020 was a big year at GLOS. New staff, observing system upgrades, Seagull, Smart Great Lakes Initiative, and lakefloor mapping projects kept us busy. 

Check out our annual report here and reach out to us at if you want to be a part of what we're doing this year. 
Read the report

When the buoys come in for the season, they're coated in grime and mussels that must be cleaned before they can be stored for the season. See Jessie Grow, of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, power wash the "biofouling" off a buoy here
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