Thursday, October 28, 2010

$900,000 For Great Lakes Coastal Observing System

Oct 28:  In order to restore the Great Lakes and accomplish work set out in the President's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan, NOAA and many other partners are creating a comprehensive system of observations for the Great Lakes.  With funds from GLRI, NOAA awarded nearly $900,000 to the Ann Arbor based Limnotech, Inc to take the lead the effort in creating the archetype for the near-term implementation of the Great Lakes coastal observing system. On October 13, Limnotech started the work and services required to provide a comprehensive near-term design to provide data on the physical, chemical and biological parameters necessary for effective resource management in support of remediation, restoration and conservation actions through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The final product, due out in the Winter of 2011, will include the design, trade studies and price and schedule for the implementation of near term design architecture and alternatives for the phased implementation over the first five years.

            The Ann Arbor based Limnotech will work closely with the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System, the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) and the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) and its experienced project team.  LimnoTech's project team is comprised of Applied Science Associates, Clarkson University, Michigan Tech Research Institute, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Joe DePinto from Limnotech said, "Together this team has the depth and breadth of expertise and experience to cover all aspects of providing a comprehensive design – observation technology, observation network design and implementation, data management and communication, data analysis and modeling, and data/products and services development and delivery."
    Access a release from NOAA with further details (click here). Access the GLERL website for more information (click here). Access the GLRI website for more information (click here).

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