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USGS capabilities for interdisciplinary investigations in coastal and nearshore ecosystems of the Great Lakes

Fact Sheet 055-02

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Abstract

People choose to reside, work, and vacation in coastal areas of the Great Lakes because of the lakes' scenic beauty and their historic and cultural features. Great Lakes nearshore areas also constitute a valuable economic resource. Two million anglers added \$1 billion to the region's economy in 1996. More than 300 million tons of goods were transported out of major Great Lakes ports at a value of \$3 billion in 1996. A 1998 survey of Lake Erie beaches estimated contributions of $5 million per year to each local economy with a public beach. More than 70 million people yearly visit national, state and provincial parks in the Great Lakes area.

Uncontrolled land development, recreational development, invasive species, climate change, water availability, and water-level changes and fluctuations lead a long list of current and potential issues in coastal and nearshore areas. To be effectively addressed, these complex issues require an interdisciplinary approach.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
USGS capabilities for interdisciplinary investigations in coastal and nearshore ecosystems of the Great Lakes
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
055-02
Year Published:
2002
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Michigan Water Science Center
Description:
6 p.
Country:
Canada, United States
Other Geospatial:
Great Lakes