A Tale of Two Cities: Assessing Green Infrastructure Costs and Benefits in Toledo, Ohio and Duluth, MN

The negative economic effects of flooding from extreme precipitation events—including preparation costs and the expenses related to damages, clean up, and business disruptions—are being experienced throughout the Great Lakes region.

This webinar will provide information about:

  • Two pilot projects that explored the economic benefits of green infrastructure to reduce flooding
  • Results from the study and next steps the cities are taking
  • Resources to help your communities explore these topics.

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Mapping and Visualizing Lake Level Changes for the U.S. Great Lakes

Planners and decision makers need an easy and clear way to show potential impacts of lake level changes in the Great Lakes. The focus of NOAA’s Lake Level Viewer is to provide communities with lake level scenarios and assist with planning decisions, such as updating zoning restrictions, planning infrastructure, encouraging sustainability and restoring or conserving habitat. Come see how this tool might inform your next decision!

This webinar will:

  • provide an overview of Great Lakes climate science and historical lake levels
  • show the need for visualizing potential impacts of changing water levels
  • discuss the development of the web mapping tool and supporting data
  • give a demonstration of tool functionality and how to access data and map services
  • discuss future work

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Climate Change and Corn Belt Agriculture in the Midwest

Corn is one of the key world food commodities, just behind rice. With severe weather events associated with climate change forecast to increase in number and intensity, corn crop yields may decrease due to increased nutrient runoff. This webinar will focus on:

This webinar will:

  • Climate predictions for the Midwest
  • Research findings from the USDA grant “Climate change, mitigation, and adaptation in corn based cropping systems,” a $20 million grant focused on ensuring food stability
  • Impacts for Lake Erie

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Exploring Snowfall in the United States

The number of snowfall events in a given area has a large impact on road maintenance and water resources management. Snowfall data collected in the United States between 1930 and 2007 at seven locations shows how snowfall frequency has changed over time, and relates the information to a changing global climate.

This webinar will:

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NOAA Climate Resources

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the agency responsible for monitoring how the earth’s climate is changing, and how the United States is impacted by this change. Part of NOAA’s efforts include passing along that information to those being directly affected, such as community managers and the general public. This webinar will provide an overview of how interested stakeholders can obtain information from NOAA’s climate service offices.

Speakers will cover:

  • how NOAA and partners monitor national and international climate
  • regional and national climate information sources
  • regional climate extremes monitoring

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What Attendees Are Saying

  • “ Here in Minnesota we're using the webinars to provide current research updates. The information is pertinent and timely and by using the OSU webinars for content, we can spend time working on other aspects of climate adaptation. – B. Liukkonen, U of MN Extension

  • “ This is one of the most useful and accessible resources in the Great Lakes basin. Consider it a cornerstone of a growing network of climate professionals in this region. ”

  • “ Thank you, OSU, for providing such a useful tool! Keep’em coming! ”

  • “ Thanks for these webinars. A great resource. ”

Featured Presentations

  • 2010-09-28
    Dr. Jonathan Patz

    University of Wisconsin
    Climate Change in the Great Lakes: Key Vulnerabilities to Public Health in the Region. Read more.

  • 2010-11-02
    Dr. Brent Sohngen

    Ohio State University
    Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Great Lakes Farms and Forests. Read more.

  • 2010-10-14
    Dr. Dan Herms

    Ohio State University
    Effects of Climate Change on Species Interactions in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems. Read more.

  • 2011-01-11
    Dr. Peter Curtis

    Ohio State University
    Managing Great Lakes Forests for Climate Change Mitigation Read more.

  • 2010-12-07
    Dr. Anthony D. Kendall

    Michigan State University
    Climate Change, Biofuels, and Land Use Legacy Read more.