NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

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News Archives

2017

Harmful Algal Blooms

NOAA creates future tech to fight off Erie algae – 13abc Toledo – September 28, 2017

Video: Important work being done to protect our Great Lakes from algae blooms and toxins (Part 1) – WDIV – August 15, 2017

Video: Important work being done to protect our Great Lakes from algae blooms and toxins (Part 2) – WDIV – August 15, 2017

Big, green algae is back in Lake Erie – Holland Sentinel – August 19, 2017

A Lake-Dwelling Robot Fights Toxic Algae Blooms – WIRED – August 1, 2017

Robotic lab tracking toxicity of Lake Erie algal bloom – Monroe News – July 25, 2017

Underwater Lab Helps Fight Lake Erie Algae – Wall Street Journal – July 24, 2017

New robotic lab tracking toxicity of Lake Erie algal bloom – Phys.org – July 19, 2017

Forecasters: Lake Erie algae bloom shaping up as big and possibly harmful – Detroit Free Press – July 13, 2017

Scientists expect ‘significant’ algae bloom on Lake Erie – ABC News – July 13, 2017

Effect of climate change on Great Lakes’ algae under review – Traverse City Record Eagle – June 22, 2017

Algae scientist says nitrogen another issue – Toledo Blade – April 1, 2017

Tracking harmful algae in Lake Erie – Great Lakes Echo – February 3, 2017

Snow & Ice

More than two-thirds of Great Lakes area covered ice – Detroit Free Press – February 13, 2018

How did we get lake-effect snow from a mostly frozen lake? – Buffalo News – January 17, 2018

Great Lakes ice coverage skyrockets in four weeks during deep freeze – WXYZ Detroit – Jan. 5, 2018

Ice on Chicago River, Lake Michigan doesn’t mean they’re frozen solid: experts – Chicago tribune – Dec. 29, 2017

Cold snap has Great Lakes icing up fast, grinding freighters to a halt – Detroit Free Press – Dec. 29, 2017

Great Lakes Ice Coverage, 1973 – 2017 – Clevescene.com – Dec. 22, 2017

Brace for snow as the Great Lakes struggle to freeze this winter – WeatherNetwork – Dec. 7, 2017

What’s the ice coverage on the Great Lakes – WeatherNation –  Dec. 7, 2017

Building a better lake-effect snow forecast – GoErie.com – Dec. 1, 2017

Are the Warm Great Lakes Fuel for a Heavy Lake-Effect Snow Season? It’s Not That Simple. – The Weather Channel – Oct 25, 2017

Researchers: No more ice cover on the Great Lakes – Detroit News – April 26, 2017

Recap of snow, ice and water in Canada – Accuweather – April 17, 2017

Researchers ponder whether low ice coverage is the Great Lakes’ new normal – Chicago Tribune, April 3, 2017

Lake Superior less than 20 percent frozen – CBCNews – March 16, 2017

U.S. Coast Guard’s ship pushes through a frozen Lake Michigan – NBC26 Green Bay – Feb. 28, 2017

Great Lakes Mostly Open Water This Winter – Wisconsin Public Radio – February 1, 2017

Great Lakes less icy this winter – Grand Haven Tribune – February 17, 2017

Optical Illusion Lets a Man ‘Walk on Water’ – National Geographic – Jan. 24, 2017

Incredibly clear lake ice makes for viral photo – USA Today – Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press – Jan. 22, 2017

Waves and Currents

Lake Erie tsunamis caused by extreme weather not earthquakes – The Columbus Dispatch – February 24, 2018

Prevalence and danger of little known tsunami type revealed – Cosmos – February 19, 2018

There’s a Type of Tsunami on the Great Lakes You May Not Have Heard of Before – The Weather Channel – February 13, 2018

Enbridge shuts down oil flow through Straits of Mackinac pipeline due to high winds, waves – Detroit Free Press – Dec. 5, 2017

Seiche! High winds drive flood surge along Lake Superior – MPR News – Oct. 27, 2017

Meteotsunamis in the Great Lakes – Manitoulin Expositor – July 12, 2017 

Scientists want a tsunami warning system for Lake Erie – Buffalo News – June 25, 2017

Tsunamis on the Great Lakes? Researchers are looking into it – Toronto Star – June 23, 2017

Water Levels and Temperature

Lake Michigan water levels expected to continue to rise this spring – Holland Sentinel – Nov. 28, 2017

Great Lakes warmer than usual; will that be a recipe for lake-effect snow this winter? – Detroit Free Press – Nov 1, 2017

Water levels coming down in Lake Michigan – Holland Sentinel – September 28, 2017

Lake temps starting to dip with cooler air temperatures – Record Eagle – August 27, 2017

What Caused the Ongoing Flooding on Lake Ontario? – EoS – August 3, 2017

April Through July Was Wettest On Record For North Country – WWNYTV – July 31, 2017

Many consider increased water levels a ‘blessing’ – Monroe News – July 20, 2017

News Focus: Future of Great Lakes quality uncertain – Sturgis Journal – June 16, 2017

Rising lake, disappearing beaches – Ozaukee Press – May 31, 2017

Uncertainty floods the future of Great Lakes’ water quality, quantity – Capital News Service – May 29, 2017

Great Lakes Water Levels Expected to Stay Above Long-Term Average – Great Lakes Connection – April 18, 2017

Setting the story straight on Great Lakes water levels – Great Lakes Echo – March 15, 2017

Warm winter has less impact on Great Lakes water levels – Detroit Free Press – February 22, 2017

Climate

Lake Climate Projection: MTU researcher developing Great Lakes climate model – The Daily Mining Gazette – Jan. 4, 2017

Invasive Species

GLANSIS: A ‘one-stop shop’ for information on aquatic invaders – MSU Extension – February 25, 2018

Saginaw Bay perch populations up against the wall(eye) – Great Lakes Echo – Dec. 1, 2017

Report: Asian Carp Still a threat to Lake Erie – Sandusky Register – Nov. 6, 2017

New partnership will update, enhance important Great Lakes database on non-native species – MSU Extension – Nov. 3, 2017

Climate change tinkers with animal relationships, survival – Record Eagle – June 30, 2017

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and Funding

U-M awarded $20M for federally funded Great Lakes research institute- U Mich News – May 17, 2017

Rep. Bob Latta discusses Great Lakes research funding  – News Herald – May 12, 2017

Technology

Hurricane recordings point to possible future for Great Lakes monitoring – Great Lakes Echo – Nov. 28, 2017

Researchers Discover Two Historic Shipwrecks – MTU News – September 5, 2017

History meets technology in shipwreck alley – Marine Technology – April 11, 2017

2016

Harmful Algal Blooms

Researchers creating  warning system for low oxygen water – Great Lakes Echo – Dec. 9, 2016

LOCAL Robots, other high-tech devices dive in to water, algae research – Toledo Blade – December 5, 2016

Drought holds lake algal bloom in check – Toledo Blade – November 2, 2016

(Audio) How bad was the green slime on Lake Erie this summer? – MLive – October 29, 2016

(Audio) Addressing Algal Blooms: Research in Action, Breakout 3, Tim Davis – Circle of Blue – July 21, 2016

Everglades Foundation launches $10 million prize to clean up toxic algae blooms – Science-  July 21, 2016

Miles of Algae and a Multitude of Hazards – New York Times – July 18, 2016

Smaller algae bloom forecast for Lake Erie – Great Lakes Echo – July 12, 2016

U-M researchers, partners predict smaller harmful algal bloom for western Lake Erie in 2016 – University of Michigan Press Release – July 7, 2016

Heidelberg lab is key to algae predictions – Toledo Blade – May 16, 2016

Water Levels and Temperature

How steamy Great Lakes waters will amplify lake-effect snowstorm – MLive – Dec. 7, 2016 

Great Lakes unusually warm for this time of year – Detroit Free Press – Dec. 2, 2016

Lake Superior water levels: good for boaters, bad for beach seekers – CBC – Aug. 12, 2016

Hot summer weather continues – Record Eagle – Aug. 10, 2016

Great Lakes could hit record warm temperatures – Detroit News – August 6, 2016

What caused record water level rise in the Great Lakes – Eos – July 21, 2016

Beaches shrinking as Lake Michigan rises to near-record level – Chicago Tribune – May 17, 2016

Lake Michigan levels stage big comeback from 2013 lows – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – May 16, 2016

The water’s rising – Petoskey News – April 29, 2016

Water levels in Georgian Bay stable for next six months: NOAA – Simcoe.com – Dec. 20, 2015

Waves and Currents

Are there tsunamis in the Great Lakes? – Science Blog – Dec. 5, 2016

The Great Lakes Have More Than 100 “Mini-Tsunamis” Every Year, According to New Research – WKSU – Dec. 5, 2016

Researchers find meteotsunamis are an underrated hazard in the Great Lakes – Wisconsin State Farmer – Nov. 28, 2016

Current events in the Straits of Mackinaw – Great Lakes Echo – Nov. 1, 2016

In battle of man vs. lake, lake the victor – Chicago Tribune – Aug. 19, 2016

Researchers find tsunamis on the Great Lakes – MLive.com – April 27, 2016

Researchers discover ‘tsunamis’ on Great Lakes – Duluth News Tribune – April 25, 2016

What lurks beneath the Great Lakes? An oil pipeline that couldn’t get built today – Washington Post – Jan. 2, 2016

Ice

How much ice should we expect to see on the Great Lakes this winter? – MSU Extension – Nov. 23, 2016

Animation shows 43 years of Great Lakes ice cover – Detroit Free Press – June 2, 2016

Watch four decades of Great Lakes ice cover flash before your eyes – CBC – June 2, 2016

NOAA researchers gather data from Door County ice – Green Bay Press Gazette – March 4, 2016

Warm weather holds ice at bay in Lake Huron – Simcoe.com – Feb. 23, 2016

News Lake Michigan ice down 50 percentage points from two years ago, despite cold weather – Chicago Tribune – Feb. 18, 2016

Ice-free lake sets stage for more lake-effect snow – Buffalo News –  Jan. 14, 2016

Fish, Food Webs, and Invasive Species

Study Links A Warming Climate To Changes In Great Lakes Food Web – WPR.org – Dec. 6, 2016

Lake Huron’s Chinook salmon fishery unlikely to recover due to ongoing food shortage – Science Daily – March 14, 2016

Quagga mussels are displacing zebra mussels in lakes – C&G Newspapers – April 12, 2016

Asian Carp Could Claim One-Third of Lake Erie Biomass – Newsweek – Jan. 6, 2016

Study: Asian carp could develop huge presence in Lake Erie – Associated Press – Jan. 4, 2016

Other Programs and Events

(Video) University partners with NOAA to monitor Lake Superior – ABC10 News – Aug. 18, 2016

(Video) NOAA to work with MTU scientists out on Lake Superior – TV6 – Aug. 16, 2016