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Manitoba Great Lakes Program

Cite Project as: Barber, D., Papakyriakou, T. (2018) "Manitoba Great Lakes Program", https://doi.org/10.5203/2nq5-pc53, Canadian Watershed Information Network (CanWIN), V1

For Manitoba, an abundance of clean, reliable freshwater is the centerpiece to the province’s economic and social infrastructure. From clean drinking water and agricultural irrigation to hydroelectric power and recreational activities, the very identity of Manitoba is built upon its fresh water supply.

Canada spends millions of dollars each year on protecting our lakes, rivers and stream and keeping our fisheries healthy, yet eutrophication of our freshwater systems is still one of our biggest challenges. Anthropogenic (man-made) eutrophication is leading to increasing incidents like larger and longer lasting toxic algal blooms and decreased water clarity which has the potential to negatively impact human health from a recreational and drinking water perspective.

With a combined area of 34,508 km2, Lakes Winnipeg, Manitoba, Waterhen and Winnipegosis make up nearly 5.5% of the total land area of the province and act as major waterways in the Hudson Bay watershed, one of the largest watersheds in North America, draining water from as far west as the Rockies and as far east as Quebec into Hudson Bay

The Manitoba Great Lakes (MBGL) Project is a climatological and limnological research program focused on the upper Manitoba Great Lakes (Lakes Winnipegosis, Waterhen, Manitoba). This interconnected system of large lakes has been identified by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as a priority ecosystem within the Lake Winnipeg Basin. The lakes are important to Manitobans for recreational activities. Their commercial and domestic fisheries support the economies of numerous local First Nations, Métis and non-indigenous local communities. They also serve numerous communities as a source of drinking water, making eutrophication a health and aesthetic concern. Yet ours is the only research project ever to have investigated the three great lakes as a single limnological system—and we are conducting the only limnological research currently underway on the upper two of the MBGL. Since 2011, we have conducted climate and water quality-related research on these lakes in support of science-informed management of resources. Our key research areas include:

  • In-lake processes and land cover effects on nutrient export;
  • Remote sensing of algal blooms and surface water temperature;
  • Algal community dynamics and toxin production; and
  • Carbon transport through the freshwater-marine spectrum

We work closely with local watershed associations and communities to support community concerns about water quality and health. Indigenous engagement is also a key component.

Data Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Abstract Datasets within this project will includes shapefiles and kml files for sample locations, excel and csv files for water chemistry, CTD, Ecotriplet and CT instrumentation.
Cite Project Barber, D., Papakyriakou, T. (2018) "Manitoba Great Lakes Program", https://doi.org/10.5203/2nq5-pc53, Canadian Watershed Information Network (CanWIN), V1
Research Program Name Manitoba Great Lakes
Project website https://lwbin.cc.umanitoba.ca/mbgl/

Project Keywords

Keywords Lake Manitoba,Lake Winnipegosis,Lake Waterhen,Nelson River watershed,water chemistry
Keyword Vocabulary PolarData Catalogue
Keyword Vocabulary URL https://www.polardata.ca/pdcinput/public/keywordlibrary
Project Status Active
Project DOI

Project License

License Name Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0
License URL https://spdx.org/licenses/
Terms of use
License Scheme Name SPDX

Principal Investigators

Name Barber, David
Type of Name Personal
Email david.barberfoo(at) umanitoba.ca
ORCID ID
Name Identifier Scheme URI https://orcid.org/
Name Identifier Scheme ORCID
Name Papakyriakou, Tim
Type of Name Personal
Email Tim.Papakyriakoufoo(at) umanitoba.ca
ORCID ID
Name Identifier Scheme URI https://orcid.org/
Name Identifier Scheme ORCID

Co-Investigators

Name McCullough, Greg
Role Project Leader
Affiliation (e.g Environment Canada) University of Manitoba, Centre for Earth Observation Science
ORCID ID
Name Identifier Scheme URI https://orcid.org/
Name Identifier Scheme ORCID
Name Herbert, Claire
Role Project Leader
Affiliation (e.g Environment Canada) University of Manitoba, Centre for Earth Observation Science
ORCID ID 0000-0003-2724-4200
Name Identifier Scheme URI https://orcid.org/
Name Identifier Scheme ORCID

Data Curator

Name Herbert, Claire
Type DataCurator
Data Curator Email claire.herbertfoo(at) umanitoba.ca
Affiliation (e.g Environment Canada) University of Manitoba, Centre for Earth Observation science

Funding References

Award Title Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative
Funder Name Environment Canada and Climate Change
Award Number GCXE18P126
Project Start 2012-04-01
Project End
Project Metadata Creation Date 2020-06-15
Publisher Canadian Watershed Information Network (CanWIN), University of Manitoba
Resource Sub-Type Online resource
Resource Category Collection
Spatial Extent (GeoJSON)
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