The National Park Service has created 32 Inventory and Monitoring Networks across the U.S. Each of these networks is responsible for long-term monitoring of park resources. The Great Lakes Network is made up of nine National Park Service units in the upper Midwest, including all of those units participating in our study. In this network, scientists are monitoring water quality, land use, weather, vegetation, birds, amphibians, and more. These data will be used to observe long-term trends and changes in environmental processes.
For more information, visit the Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Program website here.