U-M students, faculty build first public geospatial database of Great Lakes

Massive amounts of data have been collected from the Great Lakes basin, but until recently, no effort had organized this information and made it easily accessible. Additionally, there wasn’t a tool that allowed researchers and managers to visualize and summarize habitat conditions for the entire basin, especially across the US and Canadian border.

Catherine Riseng, assistant research scientist at U-M’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, recently worked with an interdisciplinary team to develop the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework.

Funded with a grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust and support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this is the first publically-available database that includes harmonized habitat data and a classification of fish habitats across the entire Great Lakes basin.

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