Climate Ready Great Lakes (2011)

Client Organization: 
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Great Lakes Regional Team
Project Location : 
Ann Arbor, MI, and additional locations throughout the Great Lakes basin
Summary of Project Idea: 

The Great Lakes region is predicted to experience significant coastal impacts due to global climate change that are different than impacts being predicted for our ocean coasts. Specialized education, training and community planning will need to be developed to assist Great Lakes coastal communities in adapting to changes resulting from climate change. This project resulted in three educational modules that can be delivered individually or as a unit to prepare local officials to develop climate change adaptation plans for their communities. These outreach modules will be delivered by Sea Grant Program Extension Staff, USDA Extension Staff, Coastal Zone Management Programs, and other trained outreach professionals who work with local community decision makers in the Great Lakes region. Modules were designed to allow for maximum flexibility and adaptability and can easily be modified to include future research and tools that increase the body of information useful for local decision makers.

SEAS Program Areas: 
Environmental Policy and Planning
Behavior, Education, and Communication
Environmental Informatics
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Jim Diana
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Cybelle Shattuck, MS Behavior, Education, and Communication
  • Danielle Forsyth, MS Environmental Informatics
  • Sara Katich, MS Behavior, Education, and Communication
  • Shauna Casey, MS Behavior, Education, and Communication
  • Rebecca Held, MS Environmental Policy and Planning
Project Status: 
Past Project