Climate change will alter the Great Lakes region, according to a new report released at the start of a three-day climate adaptation conference at the University of Michigan. The study, which included contributions from Dr. Rosina Bierbaum, and Dr. Marie O’Neill, both professors at the School of Public Health, explored various aspects of climate change, including changes in land use and land cover and climate change adaptation. The report was prepared by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA), a federally funded collaboration between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
The report found that intense rainstorms, floods, and heat waves will become more common in the Great Lakes region due to climate change in the coming decades. “Our hope is this report will demonstrate there is an urgent need for all of us to begin building resilience into our communities, natural systems, and water management planning practices. The impacts of climate change are already being felt and will only increase in the years and decades to come,” said Ms. Elizabeth Gibbons, GLISA program manager.