In the Great Lakes basin, there are numerous organizations undertaking scientific monitoring and research efforts with the goal of identifying threats and evaluating management strategies that will protect and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem. Coordination among all these stakeholders is a challenge, and having a centralized location where researchers and managers can identify relevant scientific activities and access fundamental information about these activities is crucial for efficient management.
To meet this need, the USGS has developed the Science in the Great Lakes (SiGL) Mapper, a data-discovery tool that captures information about a wide range of scientific activities and provides details on how to access associated data and products. SiGL helps researchers and managers strategically plan, implement, and analyze monitoring and restoration activities by providing easy access to current and historical project metadata, connecting them with project leads and data repositories, and assisting in the identification of spatial and topical gaps in previous and ongoing monitoring efforts.
To access project information, click on any site, and a pop-up will open. Click through the tabs at the top of the pop-up to view information about the project and its associated data, contacts, and publications, as well as detailed information about each of the project’s sites. To search SiGL, use the menu on the right side of the mapper. You can search by Site or by Project.
SiGL’s goal is to serve the entire Great Lakes community, and we are open to feedback and ideas that will make SiGL a more useful and comprehensive tool. If you have questions or comments, or would like to have your data included in the SiGL, please contact:
SiGL Project Lead
USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center