Want to learn more about climate change in the Great Lakes region? Michigan Sea Grant has compiled this list of useful reports, presentations and educational resources to help you get started.
Climate Adaptation for Marinas and Harbors
- Reinforcing our Waterfronts: Increased Resilience at Marinas and Harbors (A summary of climate impacts and adaptation best practices)
- Infrastructure Best Practices
- Dredging Best Practices
- Planning and Financing Best Practices
Climate and Water Quality Project
Climate Reports and Fact Sheets
- Improving Awareness of Coastal Storm Hazards, Stormwater Runoff, and Risk Reduction Strategies in the Saginaw Bay Watershed, report, Michigan Sea Grant
- Climate and Weather in the Great Lakes, fact sheet series, Michigan Sea Grant
- Improving Community Resiliency in the Saginaw Bay Watershed
- Reinforcing our Waterfronts: Increased Resilience at Marinas and Harbors
- Weather and Climate: What is the difference?
- Preparing for Extremes: The Dynamic Great Lakes
- Preparing for Variable Lake Levels: The Dynamic Great Lakes
- Climate Variability and Climate Change: What is the difference?
- Preparing for Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region, Michigan Sea Grant (PDF)
- Great Lakes Restoration and the Threat of Global Warming, Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition
- Climate Action Plan, Michigan Climate Action Council, MDEQ
- Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook, Midwestern Regional Climate Center
Videos and Presentations
- Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region Video – This 30-minute video, featuring Dr. Donald Scavia of the University of Michigan, provides an overview of climate change and impacts in the Great Lakes region (GLISA).
- Climate Ready Great Lakes Slide Presentation – This three-module set of PowerPoint slides provides an in-depth look at climate change in the Great Lakes region, as well as strategies and tools for adapting to changing conditions (NOAA and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network).
- Climate Change Webinar Series – The Ohio State University Climate Outreach Team provides a public webinar series on climate change issues. Previous webinars are video archived and may be watched online.
- Great Lakes Lessons: Teaching With Great Lakes Data – This curriculum resource features ready-to-go lessons and activities that utilize real Great Lakes data and tools for grades 5-8. Includes a unit on Great Lakes Climate and Weather.
- Climate Ready Great Lakes Training Modules – Currently under revision, this resource is designed for outreach and community-based professionals. Resources include content adaptable for presentations.
- Beyond Polar Bears: Teaching Great Lakes Climate Science – Ohio Sea Grant’s recently updated Great Lakes climate curriculum. Hands-on teacher workshops and webinar trainings available.
- Will Steger Foundation: K-12 Educational Resources – The Will Steger Foundation, with the support of the National Education Association, provides science-based interdisciplinary educational resources on climate change, its implications and solutions to achieve climate literacy.
- A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change – An interactive website developed by the U.S. EPA, targeted for youth who want to explore global climate change. The site also includes links and instructional tips for educators.
Local and Regional Climate Resources
- Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments Center – Links science, people, and information, bridging the gap between producers and users of scientific information. The Center is a collaboration of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, with the participation of Ohio State University and Michigan Sea Grant.
- Preparing for Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region – This document includes policy changes and strategies designed to enable communities in adapting to climate change. This effort was sponsored by a number of foundations.
- Healing Our Waters, Great Lakes Coalition – Consists of more than 100 national, state and local conservation organizations that came together to secure a sustainable restoration plan and to obtain the billions of dollars needed to implement it.
- International Joint Commission – Recent reports explore the risks, opportunities and responses of climate change and Great Lakes water quality, as well as significant implications for the Great Lakes region.
- Michigan Climate Coalition – A coalition of partners from the public and private sectors, seeking to enhance networking, collaboration, communication and action in order to assist Michigan in responding to climate change.
- Midwestern Regional Climate Center – The Climate Center serves the nine-state Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin). Provides Midwest-specific information on climate-sensitive issues such as agriculture, climate change, energy, the environment, human health, risk management, transportation, and water resources.
National and Worldwide Climate Resources
- EcoAdapt – Provides support, training and assistance to help governments, organizations and individuals determine how to operate effectively, even in the face of climate change.
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – The IPCC provides the decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information. In 2007, the panel released “Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report,” a comprehensive report on scientific evidence regarding the state of the Earth’s changing climate.
- National Academy of Sciences (NAS): Climate Change – NAS hosts this page as a hub for recent climate-related work at the Academies and features brief summaries, booklets, videos and other resources, including a series of reports entitled “America’s Climate Choices.”
- Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) – A science-based nonprofit, the UCS uses independent scientific research to develop solutions and to secure changes in government policy, corporate practices and consumer choices. Reports include “Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region” and state-specific reports organized by region, including “Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Midwest.”
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – EPA’s Climate Change site offers comprehensive information accessible to individuals, business and governments.
- U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) – Coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. Site includes scientific research summaries, links, educational resources, and regional climate information.