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Digital Coast

The Digital Coast is a collaborative effort of organizations committed to providing data and information, tools, and training resources to help address timely coastal issues - including land use, coastal conservation, hazards, marine spatial planning, and climate change. NOAA's Coastal Services Center is maintaining the Digital Coast website which provides access to all the resources being developed and contributed by academic institutions, public and private sector entities.  This curated collection of coastal and ocean data and tools are directed at decision makers, practitioners, and technicians.

Related Organizations: National Association of Counties, Coastal States Organization (CSO), National States Geographic Information Council, American Planning Association (APA), NOAA Office for Coastal Management, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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Climate Change Vulnerability Analysis for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District

October 2014

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (District) requested this vulnerability analysis report, which assesses how climate change will impact the District’s existing, as well as proposed, infrastructure and services. The analysis aims to provide the District with the information needed to make strategic planning decisions, such as capital investments. The report documents how climate change may increase flood events and combined sewer overflow volume during larger precipitation events, and increase risk of odor and corrosion within wastewater facilities as well as decreased flow in waterways during periods of warm weather and drought.

Related Organizations: Brown and Caldwell, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD), City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Dane County, Wisconsin Climate Change and Emergency Preparedness Plan

October 2013

In March of 2013, the Dane County Climate Change Action Council was created with the mission of ensuring that the Dane County government is better prepared for weather extremes brought on by global climate change. To support their mission and prepare this report, the Council facilitated an internal review of preparations and potential modifications to the county’s operations and capital investments. Based on the internal review, this report identifies potential vulnerabilities to climate change, and provides sector based adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: Dane County, Wisconsin Climate Change Action Council

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Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C)

2011

Conducted from 2011-2014, the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C) was an Integrated Assessment project supported by the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute, the Kresge Foundation, and in collaboration with Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments (GLISA). The GLAA-C program was designed to work with cities throughout the Great Lakes region to better understand municipal level climate change impacts. The project also helped develop and implement a variety of adaptation measures throughout the region.

Related Organizations: Great Lakes Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments Center (GLISA) - RISA, University of Michigan, The Kresge Foundation

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A Screening Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Mitigation in the Great Lakes and New England Regions

February 2008

This report presents the potential implications of climate change on combined sewer overflow (CSO) mitigation in the Great Lakes and New England Regions. It is not a detailed analysis of individual systems in these regions. The purpose of this assessment was 1) to determine whether the potential implications of climate change on CSOs in these regions warranted further consideration and study, and 2) to evaluate the need for decision support tools and information that would enable combined sewer system (CSS) managers to incorporate the consideration of climate change into their decision making processes.

Related Organizations: National Center for Environmental Assessment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ICF International

Authors or Affiliated Users: John Furlow, Thomas Johnson, Britta G. Bierwagen, J. Randall Freed, Jeremy Sharfenberg, Sarah Shapiro

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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.

Related Organizations: International Joint Commission (IJC)

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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.

Related Organizations: Ecological Society of America (ESA), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Author or Affiliated User: George W. Kling et al

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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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Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment - Integrating Scientific and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

April 2018

The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is “an intertribal natural resource agency that assists its 11 member Ojibwe (also known as Chippewa, or Anishinaabe) tribes in the implementation and protection of off-reservation treaty rights to hunt, fish, and gather in territories ceded (or sold) to the United States. ” The Commission has worked closely with these tribes to assess the vulnerability of the local ecosystems and natural resources to climate change across the Great Lakes region including Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Related Organizations: Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

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Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) - Regional Models

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) Climate Working Group created and maintains regional, down-scaled global climate models to demonstrate how Wisconsin's climate has been changing and project how it might change in the years to come. A number of methods have been developed to derive detailed regional and local climate data in order to evaluate the potential impacts of climate change by incorporating landscape features, water bodies, or other characteristics that may influence regional or local climate into global models.

Related Organizations: University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI)

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