Planning for Climate Change in the Laurentian Great Lakes Basin - A NOAA Needs Assessment

Created: 3/20/2013 -


The NOAA Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team, Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve and Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, and in collaboration with the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative, have worked collaboratively to determine what is needed to increase adaptive capacity in Great Lakes communities to anticipated changes in climate. The primary objective for conducting this study is to increase adaptive capacity by informing and developing climate change adaptation training workshops. To ensure that training meets priority needs and provides accessible and applicable tools and resources, these organizations have collaborated to conduct a needs assessment: a comprehensive front-end evaluation of the climate change adaptation training and information needs of Great Lakes coastal communities. Presented here are the results of a needs assessment completed in 2011, engaging nearly 700 stakeholders across the Basin through interviews, focus groups, and an online survey. 

The goal of this needs assessment was to collect sufficient information about the knowledge, skills, interest, attitudes, and/or abilities of Great Lakes coastal community planners, stormwater managers, and natural resource managers to design effective training that increases the ability of these groups to confront and adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

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