Archipelago Data Aids Lake-Level-Impact Decisions

The Beaver Islands Archipelago in northern Lake Michigan is rich in history and natural resources as well as popular tourist destination. Never-before-collected land surface and lake floor data totaling 250 square miles is helping communities plan for coastal storms, map fluctuating lake levels, and identify changes to aquatic vegetation and habitat. What’s more, academics are using the data to further their archaeological research, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is using the data to map lake-bottom habitat around South Manitou Island.

These data and elevation models are featured on the Digital Coast’s Data Access Viewer and will soon fill a large gap in the Lake Level Viewer. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and NOAA’s Coastal Storms Program funded the data-collection effort. (2017)

Partners: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative