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GLISA has awarded 4 one-year grants of up to $50,000 each to organizations that will work with GLISA to address the risks of climate change and variability in the Great Lakes basin. Organizations were chosen that can bring together stakeholders from specific communities to identify and promote understanding of the vulnerabilities, impacts, and potential for adaptation to climate change. GLISA will support these activities by identifying and providing relevant information about the historical climate, projected futures, and adaptation to potential impacts.
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GLISA participated in a winter climate adaptation project focused on Chicago, IL. Freezing rain events were identified as a weather hazard that are important to city planners and decision makers. As part of the project, GLISA researched how freezing rain events are expected to change in the future for the city. Although Chicago was the primary geographical focus of this research, most of the research is relevant to the Great Lakes region as a whole. Learn more
GLISA seeks Letters of Interest for our Climate Assessment Grants Competition, summarizes climate mapping work on Isle Royale, and shares information about our participation in the National Adaptation Forum. Learn more
This year, GLISA will award 3 to 4 one-year grants of up to $50,000 each to organizations that will work with GLISA to address the risks of climate change and variability in the Great Lakes basin. Organizations should submit a letter of interest by Friday, June 7, 2013. GLISA will evaluate these letters and invite some teams to submit full proposals.
Interested organizations are strongly encouraged to participate in a Q&A conference call, which will be held on Wednesday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. To register for this call, visit the registration page.
Join on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 pm hear about how this Strategy provides a unified approach for reducing the negative impacts of climate change anddiscuss key recommendations for safeguarding the nation’s fish, wildlife and plants in a changing climate.
Read what you may have missed from the NCA Midwest Regional Town Hall Meeting and access presentation videos and PDFs. The Detroit Vulnerability Assessment and Sea Grant's work with small community climate adaptation strategies are also featured. Learn more
GLISA invites you via live-stream on Tuesday February 12, 2013 from 8:30am-4:00pm to learn, discuss, share, and collaborate on the process and findings of the National Climate Assessment in the Midwest Region. All are welcome.
More information on the speakers, panelists, and discussion agenda is available here. Learn more
GLISA will be supporting a community conversation about climate change resiliency and adaptation.
The evening event, hosted the by Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, MSU Extension, Two Rivers Coalition, and Michigan Works!, will take place on February 27th, 6-8pm in Benton Harbor, Michigan. All are welcome to attend and share how climate has impacted you or your community. See the flyer
for more information. Learn more
GLISA's first newsletter of the year showcases the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities, the creation of climate resilient communities in the Huron River Watershed, and the Mid-Michigan Heat Model Project Brief. Learn more
The 3rd National Climate Assessment Draft Report is available for download and review until April 12. The GLISA Community is invited to review and provide feedback to this document.
Chapter 18 (Midwest)
includes much of the Great Lakes basin and was co-authored by GLISA Co-director Don Scavia. Learn more
At the request of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) and the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment assembled a team of leading experts to review the current and potential impacts of climate change in the Midwestern U.S across various sectors.
Global and regional climate change models have projected an increase in the frequency, duration and severity of extreme heat events in the upper Midwest. This project brief examines the dynamics of human health during extreme heat events, presented in a format that is useful for local decision-makers. This project was funded by GLISA through a 2011 Great Lakes Climate Assessment Grant.
Abby Lynch's 2011 GLISA-funded project is the "Featured Case Study" on the Climate Adapatation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) website. The project, Designing a Decision Support System for Harvest Management of Great Lakes Lake Whitefish in a Changing Climate, was funded in 2011
to assess decision support tools for Great Lakes lake whitefish management in the context of climate change. Learn more
A new $9 million U-M Great Lakes research and education center will guide efforts to protect and restore the world's largest group of freshwater lakes by reducing toxic contamination, combating invasive species, protecting wildlife habitat and promoting coastal health. GLISA Primary Investigator Don Scavia will help administer the new center. Learn more
The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan and the Union of Concerned Scientists gathered 90 leading scholars, business leaders, policy makers, advocates, religious leaders and journalists to explore how better to communicate climate science to a skeptical public and mobilize progress. Learn more
The Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate has released Climate Modeling 101, a website designed to help the public learn more about the basics of climate modeling--how they work and why they are important. The site features short videos and animations that explain everything from the difference between climate and weather to how climate models are built and verified. Learn more »