The Earth contains a finite amount of freshwater. Competing uses can stress surface and groundwater resources and cause tensions among users, especially during periods of drought or low lake levels. Climate change contributes to increased variability of the water supply, with a range of potential impacts at local, state, regional, national, and global scales. Addressing water quantity issues requires engaging diverse stakeholders and translating scientific information. A collaborative approach is particularly important for raising awareness and developing creative solutions to water resource management.
We support research that:
- Helps communities plan for and adapt to lake level changes. We are working closely with the Graham Institute’s collaborative research specialists and a number of research teams to explore issues related to Great Lakes water levels. Project teams are seeking environmentally, socially, politically, and economically feasible policy options and management actions related to Great Lakes water levels. Project outcomes will assist people, businesses, and governments in adapting to current and future variability in Great Lakes water levels. See: Water Levels Integrated Assessment
- Improves measurements of Great Lakes evaporation. Researchers are improving understanding of Great Lakes evaporation through the development and validation of a new sensor platform providing real-time over-lake evaporation data. This work is advancing efforts to deploy real-time evaporation forecasting to inform water resource managers in the Great Lakes basin.