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The Real-Time Aquatic Ecosystem Observation Network (RAEON) provides the infrastructure, staff and data management that Canadian researchers need to carry out cutting-edge, integrated and transformative research on the Great Lakes. RAEON improves understanding of the mechanisms and processes of large lake ecosystems and contributes to the management, rehabilitation and enhancement of their ecosystem services.

RAEON EDI STATEMENT

Following the leadership of The University of Windsor, RAEON is equally committed to ensuring that researchers involved in the network are provided with an equitable, diverse, and inclusive (EDI) environment.
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Smart Project Series: Consortium of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles in the Great Lakes
By Maggie Xenopoulos, Trent University This is part of the Smart Project Series—stories published by Smart Great Lakes Initiative (SGLi) partners that explore current or future projects that sum up what it means to be “smart,” as established in the Common Strategy for Smart Great Lakes. The Common Strategy is the key document of the SGLi and will ...
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New Technology from Innovasea Lets Researchers Retrieve Fish Tracking Data from Shore Using an AUV
By Innovasea. BOSTON – Innovasea, a global leader in technologically advanced aquatic solutions for aquaculture and fish tracking, today announced groundbreaking new technology that will enable fish researchers to retrieve their field data from shore. The technological breakthrough comes in the form of a new module for Teledyne’s G3 Gliders that allows the autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) ...
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Marine Tech Talk Podcast, Episode 27: Investigating Algal Blooms and Hypoxia in the Great Lakes
Welcome to Season 2 of Marine Tech Talk. In our first episode of the New Year, we are joined by Dr. Aaron Fisk, a professor at the University of Windsor and Science Director for the Real-time Aquatic Ecosystem Observation Network (RAEON), Katelynn Johnson, Research and Operations Director at RAEON, and Cailin Burmaster, a Marine Technician ...
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Underwater robots help Great Lakes scientists collect data during pandemic
By Sarah Scheili University of Windsor. While COVID restrictions have made scientific fieldwork in the Great Lakes difficult, researchers at the University of Windsor have continued to gather vital data using an underwater robot. Researchers at the Real-Time Aquatic Ecosystem Observation Network (RAEON) have worked with partner institutions in the United States to deploy an ...
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Great Lakes Data
RAEON Data Portal

Data Portal

RAEON researcher data upload
RAEON Deployment Map

Deployment Maps

Ongoing/archived RAEON equipment deployments
RAEON EQUIPMENT AVAILABILITY & DATA SHARING

Equipment Availability & Data Sharing

List of available RAEON equipment + equipment loan & data sharing forms.

RAEON Projects

Scientists Studying Seasonal Fish Habitat Use and Production in Inland Lakes
Novel methods will yield rich data to improve resource protection Freshwater fish are an important economic and cultural resource to Canadians. Recent research indicates, however,…
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Investigating nearshore and offshore patterns of thermocline and deep chlorophyll maxima formation in Lake Ontario
Continuous monitoring will provide data needed to help protect ecosystems Scientists deployed an autonomous underwater vehicle to continuously collect high-resolution spatial and temporal data in…
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Tracking more than 30 years of phytoplankton blooms in Lake Winnipeg
Lake Winnipeg —one of North America’s Great Lakes — recently has been labeled one of the most threatened lakes in the world because of increased…
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The effect of different nitrogenous compounds on cyanobacteria physiology and toxin production
Intensive agricultural lands feed into Canada’s Great Lakes. The primary type of nitrogen used in agriculture has changed over time, shifting from organic to inorganic…
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Understanding the distribution and presence of different cyanotoxins in Ontario waters
Cyanobacteria, algae that form on the surface of nutrient-rich waters, can produce an array of toxins. Accurately measuring these toxins in waterbodies is crucial because…
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Atlantic salmon restoration in Lake Ontario
Atlantic salmon were historically abundant in Lake Ontario, but their populations disappeared from the lake more than a century ago. Management agencies and conservation groups…
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Evaluating Microbial Nutrient Sediment Dynamics in Lake Erie Watersheds
A primary goal of water quality managers is to intercept or mitigate nutrients or pathogens at their source to ensure effective wastewater treatment. Source water…
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Investigating Fish Connectivity in the Rideau Canal Waterway to Inform Conservation Decisions
By: Jordanna N. Bergman, PhD Student, Carleton University and Steven J. Cooke, Professor, Carleton University The Rideau Canal Waterway, located in eastern Ontario, forms a…
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Evaluating stationary hydroacoustics for determining fish movement and abundance
Little is known about the large-scale movement patterns of Great Lakes fishes. Though it is understood that large migrations of fish typically occur along regions…
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Black Bay Walleye Acoustic Telemetry
Located on the north shore of Lake Superior, Black Bay historically supported a robust commercial and recreational fishery for walleye (Sander vitreus). Unfortunately, the walleye…
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    Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research
    University of Windsor
    2990 Riverside Drive West
    Windsor, Ontario, N9C 1A2
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