The Great Lakes Shoreviewer is a risk assessment and climate adaptation planning tool. It provides stunning, oblique-angle color photography plus multiple layers of additional analysis for prioritized sections of Great Lakes coastline in Michigan (Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron). It also provides potential risk rankings (high, medium, low) for coastal property, buildings, roads and infrastructure.
The Great Lakes Coastal Reporting Tool is a simple way for people to provide information about coastal problems including: erosion sites, habitat impacts, polluted runoff, dumping sites and improper off-road vehicle use. The inventory is designed for the entire shoreline of Lake Superior, as well as all Great Lakes coastal areas in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The Superior Watershed Partnership, along with other partners, will use the inventory to prioritize sites and seek resources to address coastal impacts.
This two-part training explains the natural resource management processes Blue Accounting supports. Blue Accounting, an information delivery initiative supported by an online platform, helps decision-makers set priorities by providing a big picture view of critical Great Lakes issues.
The Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Decision Support Tool (CWDST) allows users to interact with a variety of information relevant to coastal wetland conservation and management. Through the decision support tool, users can select and rank coastal wetlands within Western Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay based on a variety of filters, including ownership, area, population, structural, chemical, and physical characteristics.
The Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide shows how coastal communities are using science based information to address coastal hazards such as flooding, shore erosion, and lake-level fluctuations. This new online resource connects people with the tools and data needed to consider natural hazards and climate change in local planning efforts.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change protects and improves the quality of the environment and leads Ontario's actions on climate change leading to healthier communities, ecological protection, and economic prosperity for present and future generations. The tools the ministry uses to accomplish this include: Using best available science and research to develop and deliver policies, legislation, regulations, standards, programs and services. Enforcing compliance with environmental laws.
When waterfowl populations in North America languished at historic lows, the waterfowl management community in the United States and Canada developed a strategy, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, to restore waterfowl through habitat protection, restoration and enhancement. Signed in 1986 by the United States and Canada and in 1994 by Mexico, the plan is the foundational bird conservation partnership, an unprecedented recognition of the need for international cooperation to help recover shared resources.
In 2014, the U.S. Geological Survey Great Lake Science Center (USGS-GLSC) and the USGS-Michigan Water Science Center partnered with the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) to conduct a series of four workshops with coastal practitioners and managers across the Great Lakes basin to highlight the need for, and get input on, a Great Lakes regional coastal science strategy. To this end, the "Practitioners Views of Science Needs for the Great Lakes Coastal Ecosystem" report is intended to help guide USGS coastal and nearshore science priorities, but may also help guide other science agencies.