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GLIN==> NOAA Sharpening Its Focus on the Great Lakes Region

Victoria Pebbles, Great Lakes Commission,
Tricia Ryan, NOAA Coastal Services Center,

NOAA Sharpening Its Focus on the Great Lakes Region

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coastal Services Center helps local and state coastal resource managers across the nation’s coastal zone use remote sensing, social science, training programs, and geographic information systems to address coastal management issues. While the NOAA Coastal Services Center has undertaken many projects in the Great Lakes states, the organization is working with the Great Lakes Commission to expand these efforts. The first step is a needs assessment, which will identify common regional needs, as well as ways to leverage existing and new resources, and build partnerships within this coastal area.

Desotelle Consulting, PLC, based in Duluth, Minnesota, will conduct the bulk of the planning, data collection and analysis, and reporting for the regional needs assessment. The evaluation will focus on ports and navigation, coastal community development, and information integration and distribution, and will identify where the NOAA Coastal Services Center can have the greatest impact.

“Together, these three broad issue areas touch on virtually every one of the dozens of singular issues of importance to the region,” noted Victoria Pebbles of the Commission staff, who is managing the project.

Dave Knight of the Great Lakes Commission, a regional expert on ports and navigation issues, will be leading the needs assessment work for the ports and navigation issue area.

Dozens of experts throughout the Great Lakes region will be asked to participate on planning teams and provide guidance and feedback. Future activities and work under the Coastal Services Center–Great Lakes Commission partnership will be driven by the outcomes of the assessment.

“This collaborative approach maximizes the use of organizational and professional capabilities to ensure high-quality outcomes,” said Margaret Davidson, director of the NOAA Coastal Services Center.



Victoria Pebbles
Great Lakes Commission
2805 S. Industrial, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI  48104-6791

Tricia Ryan
NOAA Coastal Services Center
2234 South Hobson Ave.
Charleston, SC  29405