Adapting to climate change: upcoming workshop

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will be the site of an upcoming workshop on Planning for Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region.  Climate change is already impacting the US Midwest with higher average temperatures, more frequent heavy downpours, decreased Great Lakes ice cover, and more frequent heat waves. Projected future climate changes in the region include a likely rise of another 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, continued increases in winter and spring precipitation, decreased summer precipitation, and a possible drop in Great Lakes water levels.

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This workshop is aimed at planners and other professionals addressing land use, public health, stormwater, emergency preparedness and natural resource management isues.  The workshop in Green Bay will include:

  • Summary of climate change science and impacts, especially in northeast Wisconsin
  • Climate adaptation planning processes and strategies
  • Tools, data and resources for climate adaptation planning
  • Regional examples of climate planning
  • Introduction to assessing climate vulnerability for your community

While climate impacts will vary regionally, it is at the state and local levels where critical policy and investment decisions are made for the systems most likely to be affected– water, land use, energy, transportation and public health and natural resources, as well as important economic sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, forestry, manufacturing, and tourism. By factoring a changing climate into planning decisions today, communities and agencies can avoid future costs.