Pollution Probe and the Council of the Great Lakes Region have released a new report on Water Management and Big Data Analytics.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with RBC on this innovative project”, said Christopher Hilkene, chief executive officer of Pollution Probe. “This report showcases opportunities for an improved approach to watershed management and adaptive decision-making to help ensure that water in the Great Lakes basin is protected.”

The report examines the role of ‘Big Data’ and advanced computing to improve predictive decision-making for the Great Lakes watersheds, in relation to climate change, land use change, and other socio-economic trends affecting the lakes.

“Millions of points of data are being collected every minute about our environment, our economy, and how people interact with their city and surrounding environment, from transportation to water use,” said Mark Fisher, president and chief executive officer of the Council of the Great Lakes Region. “By connecting this data and analyzing it at incredibly fast speeds using smart computing technology, we can generate profound insights about what is happening in our watersheds, now and in the future, that will help governments, businesses, and civil society make better decisions regarding economic development, land use, and protecting the environment.”

This report compiles the ideas shared by experts at a workshop convened by Pollution Probe and the Council of the Great Lakes Region that explored watershed management and protection efforts on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

The report will be of value to policy-makers and organizations involved in management of the Great Lakes including government, industry, academia and NGOs. By helping improve watershed management in the Great Lakes region, the project will foster greater resiliency and sustainability across the Region.

A copy of the executive summary is available here. A copy of the full report is available here.

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