Climate Change

Global warming and other aspects of climatic change will have significant effects on Wisconsin’s Great Lakes shoreline economies and infrastructure. The consequences of such climate changes are far-reaching. In particular, water quality and quantity issues include community "design storm" decisions, stormwater conveyance infrastructure modifications and smart-growth planning education, such as nonpoint education for municipal officials, and best-management practices. Climatic change is also expected to have widespread effects on Wisconsin ecosystems and natural resource economies, including wetlands, waterfowl; nearshore habitats; recreational and commercial fisheries; and invasive species of plants, animals and pathogens.



News

A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
 Backed by UW Sea Grant, a grad student will use a concept called storm transposition to show Wisconsin communities why they may want to invest in climate change resilience.   Read more...


Climate Change in Wisconsin - An Overview

What Climate Change Means for Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest
Wisconsin's climate is expected to become noticeably warmer, with an increase in severe storms. Read more...


Climate Change Outreach by Wisconsin Sea Grant

Preparing Coastal Communities for Climate Change

Two Wisconsin Sea Grant outreach specialists are tackling projects that will help communities up and down Great Lakes coasts adapt to what is coming -- climate change.

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Enhancing Sea Grant Climate Extension Capabilities
Wisconsin Sea Grant is meeting a need: helping those looking for resources to respond to stakeholders with concerns about potential impacts of climate change in coastal areas. The Coastal Climate Wiki is a collaborative site that links climate scientists with the outreach-based Sea Grant Climate Network. Wisconsin Sea Grant established the site in  2009, and provides continuous updating and maintenance.


Climate Change in Wisconsin: Starting a Public Discussion
Between March and September 2007, eight experts spoke at seven sites around Wisconsin to discuss what is known, what is predicted and what can be done to adapt to a changing climate. Summaries and suggestions for action are included in this site.


Climate Change Models
Models about climate change predict adjustments in Great Lakes water levels.


Climate Change Fact Sheet

Climate Change's Impact on Ports, Harbors and Marinas
Just one aspect of climate change is what will happen with the region's massive shipping and recreational boating infrastructure. This UW Sea Grant fact sheet offers some adaptation strategies. Read more...


Videos

Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region - Starting a Public Discussion
Presentation by Ken Potter, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison.

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Comments From Cancun 2010
UW Nelson Institute Professor Cal DeWitt and Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute Associate Director Jim Hurley were accredited observers at the 2010 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico. Hurley here offers a few impressions of the experience.

Cal and Jim also blogged from the meeting about their contributions to the discussions and provided reports on their experiences and observations. Read their blog at the Coastal Climate Wiki.
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Keynote Presentation: Global Warming Is Unequivocal
Presentation by Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research. Read more...


Great Lakes Climate Change Hydrologic Impact Assessment
Presentation by Thomas E. Croley II, research Hydrologist, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory Green Bay, Wis. Read more...


Effects of Climate Change on the Fish and Fisheries of the Great Lakes Basin
Presentation by Brian Shuter, research scientist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Adjunct Professor of Zoology, University of Toronto. Read more...


Climate Change: A Great Lakes Regional Perspective
Presentation by John Magnuson, emeritus professor of Zoology and Limnology, UW-Madison. Read more...


Climate Change Coming to the Coasts of Wisconsin: How It May Affect Coastal Communities and Property Owners
Presentation by Phil Keillor, coastal engineering specialist (retired), UW-Madison Sea Grant Institute. Read more...


Climate Change and Public Health Concerns
Presentation by Jonathan Patz, associate professor of Environmental Studies and Population Health Sciences, UW-Madison. Read more...


Climate Change and Potential Impacts on Wisconsin's Lakes, Streams and Groundwater
Presentation by Tim Asplund, water resources specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Read more...


Research

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Adaptation Planning in the Chequamegon Bay Region of Lake Superior

Randy Lehr, Northland College, (715) 682-1261, rlehr@northland.edu

Climate change adaptation planning is a critical need in the Chequamegon Bay and Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior. Because of its unique history of land use and infrastructure development, geomorphology and localized precipitation patterns, the Chequamegon Bay area is arguably the most vulnerable region in the Lake Superior basin with respect to climate change. To address these challenges, this project will implement comprehensive, integrated assessment that connects community leaders, staff from local and tribal governments, and local elected officials with scientific and subject matter experts surrounding the issue of climate change adaptation in the region. This work will empower local governments to adapt to climate change impacts and develop a roadmap toward climate change adaptation that integrates unique local planning needs into the context of an interconnected regional system. R/RCE-04




Outreach

Resilience to Coastal Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation for Wisconsin’s Coastal Communities
Sea Grant staff works with coastal communities to inform planners and decision-makers about the current science on climate adaptation. Hart and Clark serve as co-chairs of the Coastal Resilience Working Group of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. Hart collaborates with the NOAA Digital Coast Partnership on the Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide, greatlakesresilience.org.


Related Publications

Visit Our Publications Store
For print and downloadable publications about climate change, see the climate change section of our publications store. Read more...


Related Websites

Coastal Climate Wiki
CoastalClimateWiki.org is a collaborative website established in 2009 by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. The purpose for the site is to provide a resource that links climate scientists with the outreach-based Sea Grant Climate Network. Read more...


Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI)
Wisconsin Sea Grant staff serve on several working groups of the Wisconsin Inititative on Climate Change Impacts including water resources, coastal communities, and Green Bay ecosystems.  WICCI focuses on climate change impacts and adaptation strategies. Read more...


Video on 2010 U.N. Convention on Climate Change
Hear first-hand reactions to the 2010 U.N. Convention on Climate Change in this Sea Grant-produced video, which is part of the organization's You Tube channel. Read more...


NOAA Climate Program Office
The NOAA Climate Program Office offers strategic guidance, tools, background, current news and grant opportunities in climate science and services programs. Read more...


Manual for Coastal Managers
This NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management site offers“Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers” to help U.S. state and territorial (states) coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the risks associated with climate-change impacts. Read more...


Ohio Sea Grant's Changing Climate Webinar Series
Wisconsin Sea Grant staff and Wisconsin-based researchers have contributed to this ongoing webinar series on climate change effects throughout the Great Lakes region. Past webinars are archived. Read more...


EPA and Climate Change
Here is the EPA's take on climate change, with everything from FAQ's, indicators, adaptation information and more. Read more...


Wisconsin's Water Library
Wisconsin's Water Library has secured a Friends of the UW Madison Libraries grant that is funding material acquisition related to water and climate change, greatly expanding the titles the library owns on this important topic and creating a substantial collection for use by researchers and the general public alike. Read more...


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Change Portal
For a complete look at climate change throughout the entire planet, take a look at NOAA's climate change portal.


Short Videos and Education Modules
Check out short videos prepared by the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board that illustrate climate change. Additional information modules are available. Read more...

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