Wisconsin's Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation

Posted on: 12/31/2010 - Updated on: 3/06/2020

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The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts has released its first comprehensive report, Wisconsin's Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation. The report will serve as a resource for business executives, government, natural resource managers, public health officials, and other decision makers as they take strategic steps to preserve jobs, invest resources wisely, build resiliency and protect our built and natural environment in the face of a changing climate. 


Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. (2011). Wisconsin's changing climate: Impacts and adaptation. Madison, Wisconsin: Nelson Institute for for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved from CAKE http://www.cakex.org/virtual-library/3080

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The University of Wisconsin–Madison is the original University of Wisconsin, created at the same time Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848. It received Wisconsin’s land grant and became the state’s land-grant university after Congress adopted the Morrill Act in 1862.

Global climate models indicate that climate change will have significant impacts on mid-latitude regions such as the Upper Midwest, but little is known about specific effects on Wisconsin's environment, economy, and human health, or how to address potential threats or opportunities. Effective responses will require the best available science and meaningful participation of public and private stakeholders.