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Climate Change and Great Lakes Water Resources

November 2007

This report, by the National Wildlife Federation, explores impacts to the Great Lakes from climate change, including possible lowering of lake levels, impacts on fisheries and wildlife, changes in Great Lakes shorelines, and reduction of groundwater supplies. The report also focuses on policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to unavoidable impacts on water resources. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Noah D. Hall, Bret B. Stuntz

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Climate Change and Water Quality in the Great Lakes Basin

August 2003

This multi-dimensional report from the Great Lakes Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission is written for a cross-section of science, business, resource management, and policy experts in the Great Lakes region. Section 2 provides an overview of climate change and variability projections for the region, including air temperature, precipitation, evapotranspiration, water supply, water levels, ice cover, and water quality. Projected impacts are then provided in Section 3 pertaining to the following sectors: human health, ecosystems and biodiversity, agriculture, fish and wildlife, forests, and recreation and tourism.

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Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Impacts on Our Communities and Ecosystems

January 1, 2003

This report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Ecological Society of America examines the potential impacts of climate change upon the various ecosystems of the Great Lakes region. While somewhat dated, it is still highly relevant, and is cited in numerous subsequent impact studies. An updated Executive Summary was also released in 2005, which considered the findings of over 24 additional studies in the region. State summaries are also available on an interactive and comprehensive Union of Concerned Scientists website designed to represent the findings in this report.

Author or Affiliated User: George W. Kling et al

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An Equitable Water Future: Opportunities for the Great Lakes Region 

March 6, 2018

The U.S. Water Alliance has investigated water assets and systems in the Great Lakes region, and the equitable management of these assets. The report describes climate change impacts on water resources, along with other equity issues such as failing infrastructure, affordability, and workforce inclusion. Opportunities for the region to adapt the water sector, and detailed strategies provide a framework for making these water systems more inclusive.

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Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the U.S.

January 23, 2015

From the Risky Business Project, “Heat in the Heartland” details how extreme heat from unmitigated climate change could transform the Midwest's communities and economy. This assessment defines the range of potential economic consequences on agriculture and businesses, as well as discusses the related impacts on labor productivity, livestock, energy use, public health, crime, fresh water supply and tourism. The report concludes that the most severe risks can still be avoided through early investments in resilience and immediate action to mitigate global warming.

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Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region Atlas

March 2015

This tool is an interactive map that shows how the social and economic characteristics in the Great Lakes Region are impacted by climate change to the county level. It was developed by Headwater Economics in partnership with the University of Michigan.

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Great Lakes Green Streets Guidebook

August 2013

This guidebook, published by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), provides examples of roadways projects within the Great Lakes Watershed that utilize green infrastructure methods to improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff. Developed as a complement to the Low Impact Development Manual for Michigan, the guidebook offers support to municipalities interested in planning, designing, and constructing green streets.

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Headwaters Economics

Headwaters Economics is an independent, nonprofit research group that works to inform decision-making about community development, land management, and natural resources management in the West. A related goal is improving the transparency and accountability of these decisions.

 

 

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Midwestern Regional Climate Center

The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) is one of six regional climate centers in the U. S. managed by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). The MRCC is a cooperative program between NCDC and the Illinois State Water Survey - a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.   The MRCC serves the nine-state Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin). MRCC research helps explain climate and its impacts on the Midwest, and provide practical solutions to specific climate problems.

 

 

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Department of the Interior (DOI): Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative(LCC)

The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ETPBR LCC) is one of 21 LCCs established by Secretarial Order No. 3289, which focus on on-the-ground strategic conservation efforts at the landscape level. LCCs are management-science partnerships that inform integrated resource-management actions addressing climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes linking science and conservation delivery.   They support biological planning, conservation design, prioritizing and coordinating research, and designing species inventory and monitoring programs.