GLP Facilities

Great Lakes

Lake Ontario from a sand dune. Illustrates the waves and land surrounding the lake.

Sand dunes on Lake Ontario

The facilities most critical to Great Lakes research are the lakes themselves. Each lake has its own unique features. Our researchers recognize the importance of each lake's ecosystem.

Lake Superior: Deepest of  the Great lakes with a maximum depth of 1,332 feet. The highest of the Great Lakes at 600 feet above sea level.

Lake Huron: Fifth largest freshwater lake in the world. First of the Great Lakes to be discovered by European explorers.

Lake Michigan: Only Great Lake completely within the U.S. This lake's shoreline contains the largest freshwater dunes in the world.  

Lake Erie: Shallowest and most biologically productive of the Great Lakes. Shortest retention time (2.6 years), and the only Great Lake with three distinct basins.

Lake Ontario: Has smallest shoreline volume of the Great Lakes. Last in the Great Lakes chain, and the only lake with controlled water levels.

Facilities at UB

Jim Jensen discusses the flume with students.

Hydraulics Laboratory

The Hydraulics Lab in 120 Jarvis Hall features a 60-foot flume that simulates river and stream flow. It also allows for the study of pipe flow.

undergraduate student pouring liquid into test tube.

Environmental Engineering Laboratories

The Environmental Engineering Labs on the second floor of Jarvis Hall feature a wet chemistry lab with water quality, algae and biologic analysis capabilities.  

Rotating lab with Lake Ontario labels not filled with water.

Rotating Lab

The scale model of Lake Ontario, located in 120 Jarvis Hall, simulates the Coriolis Effect for students and researchers. This is the only rotating table used for Great Lakes Research in the world.