Climate Ready Great Lakes Training Modules

These training modules provide a basic overview of climate science, climate change impacts in the Great Lakes region and practical guidance for response and adaptation at the local and regional level. Each module consists of a presentation (available in PowerPoint format) and supplemental materials, including worksheets, handouts, and evaluation forms.

The training is composed of three modules:

  • Module 1, entitled "What Am I Adapting To?" describes predicted regional climate change impacts, including changes in temperature, water levels, and lake ice cover. This module was designed to educate decision-makers about the variability in climate predictions for the Great Lakes, and how these changes may impact their communities.
  • Module 2, "What is an Adaptation Plan?" presents a planning process to assess community vulnerabilities. The module also describes specific adaptation strategies in relation to stormwater management, drought, infrastructure, ecosystems, and urban heat.
  • Module 3, "What Tools are Available to Help Me?" highlights tools developed by NOAA, Sea Grant, and other federal agencies for climate change adaptation and developing vulnerability assessments. 


This project was a collaboration between the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, and NOAA Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team.




Publication Date: July 2012

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