Economic Implications of Climate Change Impacts to Great Lakes Ports, Harbors, and Marinas

Economic Implications of Climate Change Impacts to Great Lakes Ports, Harbors, and Marinas

Great Lakes ports, harbors, and marinas are vulnerable to a changing climate. To understand the issue, the NOAA Great Lakes Sea Grant Network has been studying the level of awareness, identifying specific actions for addressing Great Lakes climate change, and creating a scalable tool or matrix to help stakeholders understand both the current value and potential threats or liability related to navigation aids and port infrastructure. This webinar will provide information about:

  • Results of case study surveys about attitudes and awareness of Great lakes ports
  • Climate change issues relevant to Great Lakes ports, harbors, and marinas
  • Development of a scalable economic tool to evaluate the economic impacts for climate change scenarios
  • Results of the tool applications for two Great Lakes ports case studies (Toledo, OH and Duluth/Superior, MN/WI)
  • How a matrix tool concept might be used to understand similar concerns with Storm Water/Waste Water systems

* Photo Credit: Chris J Benson

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Stormwater Management and Climate Change: Implications for the Great Lakes Region

Past and potential increases in the magnitude and frequency of large rainfall events present important challenges for stormwater managers including conveyance systems filled beyond capacity, increased combined sewer overflows, and costal vulnerabilities. The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts - Stormwater Working Group has been examining how to reduce the risk to our communities and improve stormwater management infrastructure. This webinar will provide information about:

  • Historic trends in rainfall in the western Great Lakes
  • Projected precipitation patterns for Wisconsin
  • Assessing stormwater impacts and system vulnerability
  • Adaptation strategies for Great Lakes communities

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Managing Great Lakes Forests for Climate Change Mitigation

Managing Great Lakes Forests for Climate Change Mitigation

Forests are key players in biological carbon sequestration and the conservation of biodiversity. How should these public and private lands best be managed to help mitigate the impacts of climate change? This webinar will provide information about:

  • Carbon storage potential of Great Lakes forests and how to measure it
  • Impacts of forest management decisions on short and long-term forest carbon sequestration
  • Linkages between forest age, biological and structural complexity, and ecosystem resilience to climate change

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Climate Change and Water Quality in the Great Lakes

Climate Change and Water Quality in the Great Lakes

The Bullet Points

  • Potential changes in water quality caused by a changing climate
  • Possible land use changes resulting from human reactions to climate change
  • Decision making and reasonable reactions to today’s decisions when their effects won’t be felt for decades
  • Planning for climate change when forecasts are uncertain
  • Citizens’ beliefs about water quality
  • Perceived risks to people caused by water quality and stewardship

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Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Great Lakes Farms and Forests

Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Great Lakes Farms and Forests

How could climate change affect our Great Lakes agriculture and forest industries? This webinar will provide information about:

  • Existing trends influencing agriculture and forests in the Great Lakes region.
  • Current understanding regarding the impact climate change may have on agricultural and forest industries in the region.
  • Discussion about climate change policies and their potential impact on forest and agriculture in the region.

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  • “ 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. ”

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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.