NOAA Climate Ready Great Lakes Modules

Rochelle Sturtevant
Sea Grant Extension Educator
[email protected]

Posted on: 3/23/2013 - Updated on: 2/27/2020

Posted by

Rachel Gregg


These three modules were sponsored by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and the NOAA Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team.

Each module consists of a presentation (available in PowerPoint format) and supplemental materials, including worksheets, handouts, and evaluation forms. Presenters may wish to use the evaluations at the end of a presentation or training workshop. All of the supplemental materials are available here.

Module 1: What Am I Adapting To?

Module 1 presents an overview of predicted climate change impacts in the Great Lakes region, including predicted changes in temperature, storm events, Great Lakes water levels, and lake ice cover, and other factors. This module was designed to inform decisionmakers of the potential range of variability in climate change predictions for the Great Lakes region, and how these changes are likely to impact their community.

Module 1

Slide Notes

Module 2: What is an Adaptation Plan?

Module two presents a planning process to help communities conceptualize the effects of regional climate change predictions for their local areas so they can assess their vulnerabilities. This determines the impacts for which they will need to develop an adaptation plan. The module additionally describes strategies for adaptation in relation to stormwater management, drought, infrastructure, ecosystems, and urban heat.

Module 2

Slide Notes

Module 3: What Tools are Available to Help Me?

Module 3 highlights tools that have been developed by NOAA, Sea Grant, and other federal agencies to assist local communities with assessing climate change vulnerability, as well as planning to adapt to predicted climate change impacts. The module highlights tools developed by NOAA’s Coastal Services Center, assists decision makers in selecting the tool most appropriate for their community, and prepares them to acquire and use the tools they select.

Module 3

Slide Notes

Additional Resources

Companion Training Manual

Appendix A: Potential Federal Funding Sources

Appendix B: Federal Laws and Executive Orders

Appendix C: Annotated Bibliography


Stakeholders and decision makers who desire clear information about Great Lakes climate, as well as what we need to adapt to, why, and how.

Managing Organizations

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product.


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