Second CILER Summit Tackles Ecosystem Services in the Great Lakes

Big Sable River, Ludington State Park. October 2009.

Dr. Brad Cardinale lead the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Services (CILER) in convening top experts from around the Great Lakes to participate in the second of three summits focused on identifying the most pressing research and management needs to achieve sustainability in the Great Lakes.  The summits are centered on each of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory’s (GLERL’s) research programs – Understanding Ecosystems, Forecasting Environmental Change, and Developing Advanced Technology and Observing Systems – and are designed to strengthen CILER’s goals of advancing Great Lakes research and supporting NOAA’s mission.

This summit on Sep 1, 2016 brought together experts from multiple fields (physical, biological, and social sciences) and a variety of stakeholders (NGOs, government agencies, academics) to grow a network of individuals who work on valuation of ecosystem services in the Great Lakes.  These experts are charged with summarizing what is known about ecosystem services in the Great Lakes, and setting an agenda for developing the valuation of ecosystems services in the coming decade. The summit kicked off with a focus presentation by John Austin of the Michigan Economic Center, complemented by a focus presentation from University of Michigan Professor Emeritus J. David Allan.

Brad Cardinale, Director of the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER) said “This summit will move us one step closer toward properly valuing how the prosperity and well-being of communities are linked to the largest freshwater system on Earth.”

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