The COOPERATIVE INSTITUTE FOR LIMNOLOGY & ECOSYSTEMS RESEARCH
Cooperative Institute for Limnologyand Ecosystems Research
Hosted by the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, CILER wasestablished in 1989 as a center of excellence thatserves as a focal point for collaborative research between the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration (NOAA) and universities around theGreat Lakes region. Research focuses on improvingscientific understanding and the prediction of key physical, chemical, and biological processes inorder to facilitate the restoration, protection, andmanagement of natural resources. The Institutealso trains new and upcoming researchers through postdoctoral and undergraduate and graduate studentfellowships.
Great Lakes Forecasting
Improve forecasting of physical and ecological processes in the Great Lakes.
Monitor and manage impacts of invasive species in theGreat Lakes.
Our University Partners
The following research institutions are consortium partners within CILER that collaborate with NOAA onthe operation of research programs.Michigan State UniversityGrand Valley State UniversityUniversity of ToledoOhio State UniversityUniversity of WisconsinPenn State UniversityUniversity of Illinois - Urbana-ChampaignUniversity of Minnesota-DuluthUniversity of New York-Stonybrook
Improve access to historical and real-time climatic,meteorological, chemical, biological, and geologicaldata about the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Protection and Restoration of Resources
Promote and improve the ecological integrity,conservation, and preservation of natural resources inthe Great Lakes.
Promote interdisciplinary research that incorporatessocioeconomic issues as a guide for policy andresource use.
Education and Outreach
Disseminate research data to the general public,highlight research initiatives in the region, and provideeducation and training opportunities for students andteachers.Overall funding through NOAA and other agencieshas increased over 10-fold since 1991. Since 2007alone, CILER has supported over 85 project grantsthat total over $13 million in research funding.
A Council of Fellows comprised of scientists from NOAA and Sea Grant Directors provide research advice for the following themes:
New generationenvironmentalmonitoring buoydeveloped incooperation withGLOS and theUniversity of Michigan’s MarineHydrodynamicsLaboratories willimprove datacollection in supportof Great Lakesrestoration efforts.