Climate Ready Great Lakes consists of three modules designed to help create a Great Lakes region that is “climate ready.” Toward this end, these modules provide stakeholders and decision makers[...]
Climate Change is a global problem, but a specific subset of its challenges are already affecting the Great Lakes Region.
Insects like the monarch butterfly are predicted to migrate north as temperatures rise across the Great Lakes region.
If climate change continues as predicted, corn and soybean yields in Great Lake states like Ohio and Indiana could decrease 20-30% by 2049 and 40-80% by 2090.
Changing precipitation and higher temperatures could change what types of trees grow in the Great Lakes region, potentially causing great losses to these states’ timber industries.
Rising temperatures and increased extreme rainfall events could increase water contamination through thousands of combined sewer systems in the region.
Droughts and Floods
Climate Change will increase both droughts and floods in the Great Lakes region, severely affecting agriculture, an important industry in most Great Lakes states.
More than 11 million people rely on Lake Erie for their drinking water, putting them at risk for illness from contaminated water.
Final Report on a three-year effort by Sea Grant and NOAA partners to begin to address climate impacts to ports, harbors and stormwater management facilities in the Great Lakes region.[...]
Final Report: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory‘s Climate and Hydrologic Modeling Activities Associated with the Project “NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP): Coastal Resource Management/Water Resources Management” 2010 report[...]
Powerpoint slide series (52 slides) developed by Dave MacNeill (NY Sea Grant) for use in addressing general audiences on the topic of climate change and it’s associated uncertainty. Communicating Uncertainty[...]
Port Asset Values and Economic Impacts: New Tools for Estimating Risks of Water Level Changes & Failing Infrastructure
Article by Dale Bergeron (MN Sea Grant) and Gene Clark (WI Sea Grant) which appeared from Great Lakes Seaway Review, July-September 2010. Port Asset Values & Economic Impacts
A simple table allowing comparison of the features of various visualization software products that can be used to visualize the impacts of climate change. Comparison of Visualization Software
This project utilized geographic information systems (GIS) and 3D visualization software to synthesize the most recent topographic and bathymetric (topo/bathy) data available and visualize the potential impacts of increased variability[...]
This project utilized more recent GIS software, updated climate modeling, and new topographic/bathymetric data to visualize the potential impacts of increased variability of Great Lakes water levels on sections of[...]
Final Report for the NOAA (SARP) Project: Coastal Resource Management/Water Resources Management. An overview and results of the climate impacts on sediment models for the Maumee River. Climate Change Impact[...]
Which Great Lakes factors will increase and which will decrease as a result of climate change? There’s little doubt that climate change will have wide-ranging impacts on the Great Lakes[...]