At the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, we are very excited to participate in the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition Annual Conference in Detroit this week!
As the project coordinator of the Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping project (“GLEAM”) at University of Michigan, I can say that everyone on our project team is looking forward to attending lectures, participating in discussions, and networking with others passionate about Great Lakes issues during Great Lakes Week.
We are also excited to have Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping featured in HOW’s opening plenary given by Prof. David Allan.
In our environmental assessment project, are building a new tool to help prioritize restoration and conservation activities in the Great Lakes – a map that shows the cumulative impacts of human activities on ecosystem health of the Lakes. To do this, we’re making detailed maps of the Great Lakes basin of nearly 40 individual threats or “stressors” covering a broad range of issues, from direct human activities like nitrogen and phosphorus pollution and coastal development to effects of past activities like invasive species distributions and the current concentrations of toxics. We are then adding up the effects of all of these stressors to make one synthetic map, weighting each individual stressor using expert judgment about the magnitude of their impacts.
Interested in learning more about the project? Attend David Allan’s talk 9-10 am on Thursday by watching online at conference.healthylakes.org or attend in person at the Great Lakes Restoration Conference. You can also take a look at www.greatlakesmapping.org. We also have a poll on our Facebook page where you can express your thoughts on which stressors are most important in the Great Lakes.
See you in Detroit, or if you are participating online leave us a message in the comments of this post!