Coastal County Snapshots turn complex data into easy-to-understand stories, complete with charts and graphs. Users select a coastal county of interest and the website does the rest, providing information that can help communities become more resilient to coastal hazards. Current snapshot topics include flood exposure, wetland benefits, and ocean and Great Lakes jobs. Local officials can use the snapshots as a planning tool to assess their county's resilience to flooding and understand the benefits provided by natural resources.
CanVis is a visualization program used to "see" potential impacts from coastal development or sea level rise. Users can download background pictures and insert the objects (hotel, house, marina, or other objects) of their choosing. The software is used by municipalities to brainstorm new ideas and policies, undertake project planning, and make presentations.
The Great Lakes Regional Water Use Database provides comparable water use information on withdrawals, diversions and consumptive uses. This database supports the states and provinces in implementing Article 4 of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and Article 301 of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement.
This Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Program involves monitoring of Great Lakes coastal wetland biota, habitat, and water quality to provide information on coastal wetland condition using fish, birds, calling amphibians, wetland vegetation, aquatic macroinvertebrates, and water quality. Limited data from this monitoring is available to anonymous users, while the remaining of the data is available to registered users. Data from this monitoring program is used to inform the IBIs in the Coastal Wetlands Progress Tracker.
Bathymetry of the Great Lakes has been compiled as a component of a NOAA project to rescue Great Lakes lake floor geological and geophysical data and make it more accessible to the public. The project is a cooperative effort between investigators at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) was compiled utilizing the entire historic sounding database.
The Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) are the stewards of the database that records locations and numbers of endangered and threatened species, and some species of concern and documents threatened rare communities in the state of Michigan. The database is used by state and federal agencies, researchers, private companies and consultants to evaluate threats to Michigan's endangered and threatened species.
This website promotes maritime careers in both the U.S. and Canada by providing information on how to become a mariner as well as displaying current job opportunities in the maritime industry for shipboard positions.
The Canadian Wetland Inventory (CWI) Progress Map displays the location, status, aerial extent, and characteristics of CWI-compatible wetland inventories in Canada. It is intended to assist planners, developers, conservations, and concerned members of the public.
The Great Lakes Ecoregional Plan identifies all native species, natural communities and aquatic systems characteristic of the Great Lakes region and outlines how many of and where these elements of biodiversity need to be protected over the long term. In addition, this plan identifies broad-scale threats to Great Lakes biodiversity and begins to develop strategies to address these threats. This plan was replaced by the Binational Great Lakes Biodiversity Conservation Strategies.