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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has regional, national, and international experience and capabilities in coastal science in the fields of geology, geography, hydrology, and biology-experience and capabilities with significant potential to address critical and complex ecosystem issues facing the Great Lakes.
Through its programs, the USGS can provide interdisciplinary research and models for factors that affect Great Lakes coastal and nearshore ecosystems, along with decision support tools that can be used by land- and water-resources managers at all levels of government.