Climate change and variability present some of the greatest challenges in human history, which is why the University of Michigan is committed to developing solutions for mitigating climate change and adapting to it in ways that minimize adverse impacts on human and ecosystem health. In support of this commitment, we are seeding new centers of excellence spanning the physical, biological, social, technological, and policy sciences. Our innovative centers are helping position Michigan as a global leader for solutions-oriented climate research.
Administered by the Graham Institute, the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) is a collaboration of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, with the participation of Ohio State University and Michigan Sea Grant. Its Core Management Team is comprised of leading climatologists, social scientists, and outreach specialists. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with additional support from U of M and MSU, GLISA is part of a national network of regional centers focused on adaptation to climate change and variability.
GLISA's focus is the watersheds of Lake Huron and Lake Erie in Michigan and Ohio and the province of Ontario, but encompasses the broader Great Lakes basin. Research and outreach spotlight critical sectors in the region—agriculture, watershed management, urban management, and natural resources-based tourism—which are interconnected through the water quality and availability of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
The two overarching goals of the program are to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the region in the face of a changing climate and facilitate smart decision-making backed by scientific knowledge.