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Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

Location

United States
45° 53' 44.6748" N, 84° 27' 46.4076" W

This tool, developed collaboratively by GLAA-C and Headwaters Economics, is an interactive look at how the social and economic characteristics of the Great Lakes Region are impacted by regionally specific changes in climate. The map features statistical information on over 225 counties throughout the Great Lakes region.

Location

United States
44° 42' 18.3816" N, 89° 49' 27.1884" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) was created to support the efforts of multiple stakeholders charged with identifying vulnerabilities to climate change and developing adaptation strategies. WICCI released an impacts and adaptation strategies assessment in 2011 as a first step toward developing a statewide climate change adaptation strategy.

Location

United States
42° 13' 11.4276" N, 83° 40' 18.75" W

Project Summary/Overview

In the Great Lakes region, climate change is predicted to bring greater amounts of precipitation falling in shorter periods of time, resulting in increased flooding. For Detroit, flooding brings an extra problem – sewage overflows. This realization inspired the Sierra Club Great Lakes Program to get involved in the sewer overflow issue and begin exploring green infrastructure solutions. Green infrastructure creates rainwater filtration right at the surface, keeping rainwater from entering the combined sewer system and preventing additional sewage pollution in the Great Lakes.

Location

United States
40° 35' 4.1208" N, 75° 58' 53.202" W
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Project Summary/Overview

Pennsylvania Sea Grant (PASG) has addressed climate change issues throughout the state by providing research, education, and outreach to local coastal communities. Their projects have examined the possible risks and vulnerabilities to coastal communities and natural ecosystems in the state. PASG staff have created educational materials and tools to support public awareness and decision making in the state.

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This report was developed for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Wetlands Program and Coastal Management Program. However, the DEQ has only part of the responsibilities and authorities that will be part of any comprehensive approach to implementing a climate change adaptation plan for the state’s wetlands. Carrying out many of the recommendations in this document will require the cooperation, expertise and active engagement of many other state, local, and regional agencies and groups.

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The Coastal Hazards Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) has developed a handbook to help local governments in North Carolina adapt to climate change. The handbook demonstrates the need for local action and explains the options that are open to local governments.Climate change is and will continue to impact every community in North Carolina, the United States and indeed the world.

Location

United States
44° 55' 46.866" N, 93° 31' 20.838" W

Project Summary/Overview

Climate change projections show an increase in the frequency and severity of storms across Minnesota; the resulting increase in runoff and flow may overwhelm the region’s existing stormwater management systems. This project aims to assist regional managers in the Minnehaha Creek watershed cope with uncertainty from climate projections and identify ways to adapt stormwater systems to future conditions. The project includes two study sites in the cities of Minneapolis and Victoria.

Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT)

EPA has developed CREAT, a software tool to assist drinking water and wastewater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change threats and in assessing the related risks at their individual utilities. CREAT provides users with access to the most recent national assessment of climate change impacts for use in considering how these changes will impact utility operations and missions. Version 2.0 is now available for download free of charge.

Location

United States
46° 49' 12.3996" N, 94° 44' 45.9384" W

Project Summary/Overview

Sustaining Lakes in a Changing Environment (SLICE) is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (MDNR) Section of Fisheries’ long-term monitoring program. Information on water chemistry, fisheries, habitat, and other biological and chemical indicators is being gathered to assist in the development of management approaches that include a better understanding of how the state’s aquatic ecosystems respond to a variety of stressors.

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The purpose of this white paper is to provide an overview of climate related adaptation and resilience oriented efforts underway at the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). In recognition of the potentially negative consequences of climate change to well-being of Vermont, VTrans is in process of incorporating adaptive management, policies, and plans into every level of planning, design, operations, and maintenance.Experts believe that global climate change will fuel increasingly frequent and severe weather events resulting in more frequent flooding in the Northeastern U.S.

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