Creating a better informed and more confident Great Lakes community where everyone knows what’s happening in the water.
We put lake information into peoples’ hands in support of the Smart Great Lakes vision.
A bi-national nonprofit, GLOS provides end-to-end data services that support science, policy, management, and industry in the U.S. and Canada. Whether deciding to venture out on a boat or confronting the effects of climate change, we want to equip observers with high-quality, up-to-date lake information from the region’s observing network.
From around the observing system
Established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, GLOS serves as a certified regional association of NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).
IOOS is a NOAA-funded program that serves as “our eyes on the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.”
Managing Data and Delivering Information
Our IT platform features:
- Easy access to simple, contextual, visual information
- Secure, scalable, cloud-based, IoT technology
- Organized and updated metadata
- Free, open access for better data-driven decision making
GLOS works to discover and address changing regional needs by:
- Cultivating relationships with diverse observers
- Collecting input via surveys, web analytics, and user testing
- Serving as an organizer for events and initiatives
Facilitating the Observing Network
We’re expanding the technology portfolio and geographic reach of the network by:
We’re working toward a future for Great Lakes information that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive of the more than 40 million people who call this region home. We are guided by our three core values:
Giving observers the tools and support they need to innovate and better understand the lakes.
Whether designing an app or a meeting, keeping things easy, intuitive, and to the point
Developing impactful solutions to regional problems with transparency and authenticity.