Adapting to Climate Change and Variability Marquette, Michigan

This assessment outlines the climate concerns of the city of Marquette, Michigan - which is the largest city in the Upper Peninsula region. Marquette’s economy relies on tourism, timber, mining, health care, education, and high tech manufacturing. The city is already seeing climate impacts in Lake Superior’s warmer waters that has raised bacterial levels high enough to force Marquette to close a public beach. The plan drew on a series of public meetings and small group sessions where participants assessed strategies related to: Transportation, Tourism, Agriculture, Land Use, Forests, Natural Resources, and Public Health.

For each of these sectors, the report outlines identified concerns, a regional goal, and specific recommendations. For example, around Tourism, the assessment identified the loss of winter recreation and a loss of cold water fisheries among the concerns. The overall goal recommended is to strengthen the region's economic base by helping communities to minimize negative impacts and find opportunities to take advantage of new opportunities. Among specific recommendations, the plan suggests investing in harbor improvement to maintain access to water resources.

The report also identifies other related planning documents and discusses how the city should prioritize its efforts by making use of a climate change readiness assessment tool designed for communities in the Great Lakes Region.

This project was supported by a team of specialists at Michigan State university with funding from the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Center (GLISA).



Publication Date: September 2013

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  • City of Marquette, Michigan
  • Michigan State University

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