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Great Lakes Observing System formed to improve data coordination

Ann Arbor, MI -- A non-profit corporation has been established in Michigan
to formally initiate the Great Lakes Observing System Regional Association
(GLOS-RA), one of 11 regional nodes of the U.S. Integrated Ocean
Observing System (IOOS). A 12-member GLOS Board of Directors has been
elected and will hold its inaugural
meeting June 19-20, 2006, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Biographies of the board
members are attached.

As the lone freshwater component of IOOS, GLOS is paving the way for
improved water management and
data exchange across the international Great Lakes region. In order to
pursue ecosystem forecasting and indicator development for the Great Lakes,
comprehensive data collection, compilation and management is sorely needed.
GLOS is filling this niche by providing coordinated access to various
physical, chemical and biological data sets and developing new products to
support research, management and user communities. GLOS will provide
critical real-time data for multiple users, including resource managers,
researchers, educators, homeland security interests, the commercial shipping
industry and the recreational boating community, among others.

A GLOS Steering Committee, made up of 30 key stakeholders, has been
instrumental over the last two
years in developing a business plan for the GLOS-RA, designing an
appropriate governance structure, developing bylaws and compiling short-term
priorities for GLOS implementation.

GLOS is initially focusing on data coordination within some of the busier
and more highly populated
interconnecting waterways. Planning is currently underway for a binational
3-dimensional hydrodynamic model for the St. Clair River - Lake St. Clair -
Detroit River system. This modeling initiative is a critical element in
implementation of a real-time monitoring network for the waterway, which is
needed by municipal, county, state/provincial and federal interests to
protect drinking water supplies for southeast Michigan and southwestern
Ontario. The coordinated 3-D model will be developed in 2007-08, contingent
upon receipt of federal funding under IOOS appropriations. GLOS partnered
with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments to conduct a two-day
technical workshop in March 2006 to define the functional requirements and
detailed modeling specification desired by affected stakeholders.

On the education and outreach front, GLOS is teaming with the Great Lakes
Sea Grant Network and
the newly established Great Lakes Center for Ocean Sciences Education
Excellence to do comprehensive user
needs assessments, outreach planning and curriculum development. Other
current GLOS activities include advocating for upgrades and additions to the
National Data Buoy Center network and improvements to nearshore
marine forecasts generated by the National Weather Service.

The Great Lakes Commission, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., has been leading
initial development of
GLOS, with funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, Coastal Services Center.
For more information, visit www.glos.us.

Contact: Christine Manninen
GLOS Secretariat
Great Lakes Commission
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Phone (734) 971-9135 ext. 112

Attachment: FINAL_PR_annualmeeting_20060619.pdf
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