Kick-off Workshop at Great Lakes Center of Expertise
OCT. 17, 2022 — Sept. 21-22, 2022 marked the inaugural workshop welcoming the establishment of the U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise for the Great Lakes. The workshop convened NCOE stakeholders who shared information about current research projects, identified research gaps, and prioritized opportunities to advance oil spill response capabilities in the Great Lakes.
NOAA OR&R was integral in the planning for and execution of the workshop. OR&R Director Scott Lundgren provided remarks and Lisa DiPinto, OR&R’s senior scientist, presented on four research projects funded by the NCOE. George Graettinger presented on enhanced capabilities of the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) and Nicolle Rutherford provided an overview of the updates to the Environmental Sensitivity Index maps and data in the Great Lakes. Lieutenant Commander Rachel Pryor facilitated a panel discussion about aerial systems deployed during responses that have met with challenges related to data collection and data sharing.
The workshop successfully fostered new relationships and expanded existing partnerships between scientific experts in the Great Lakes.