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Great Lakes Water Studies Institute

Located at the Great Lakes Campus on Lake Michigan, the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute (GLWSI) at Northwestern Michigan College is strategically positioned to engage individuals and organizations, both locally and globally, in advancing skills, knowledge and understanding of the world’s dynamic water resources.

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What We Offer

  • Industry aligned professional development and training
  • Private harbor, research vessels, multiple marine platforms and sensors, freshwater and marine technology focused laboratories
  • Community Outreach and International Partnerships

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Great Lakes Water Studies Events:

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Mapping the Great Lakes 2021

This webinar series is focused on the technologies and applications associated with building a comprehensive detailed bathymetric map of the Great Lakes. The events will engage the audience with presentations and discussions from leading scientists and researchers on the technologies and issues impacting the Great Lakes ecosystems.

Register for each webinar by selecting the link below. There is no cost for the events.

These events are offered at no cost thanks to a grant from the Consulate General of the United States, Toronto Canada.

Higher Education Today interview of Great Lakes Water Studies Institute Director Hans Van Sumeren and students and graduates of the program