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ESTUARINE AND GREAT LAKES EaGLe RESEARCH PROGRAM

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through its Science to achieve Results (STAR) competitive grants research program, established five regional Estuarine & Great Lakes (EaGLe) programs at major academic research institutions with strong expertise in coastal environmental science. Additionally, NASA supported associated remote sensing research at three of these institutions. The five national EaGLe programs are:

PEEIR Pacific Estuarine Ecosystem Indicator Research Consortium

ACE-INC Atlantic Coast Environmental Indicators Consortium

ASC Atlantic Slope Consortium

CEER-GOM Consortium for Estuarine Eco-indicator Research for the Gulf of Mexico

GLEI Great Lakes Environmental Indicators Project

The researchers at these five regional centers were charged with developing the next generation of environmental indicators to assess the biological health of coastal estuaries and the Great Lakes. Indicators evaluated and developed by the EaGLe programs will be used by the states in their long-term monitoring programs to establish the integrity and sustainability of the nation's coastal ecosystems.