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15-Nov-2012

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Contact: Jim Erickson
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University of Michigan, Michigan State University award grants for Great Lakes climate change research

ANN ARBOR--University of Michigan scientists and their colleagues at Michigan State University have awarded six grants to organizations across the region for projects that will help decision-makers adapt to climate change and variability in the Great Lakes basin.

The grants were awarded by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center, a federally funded collaboration between U-M and MSU. GLISA researchers study issues related to climate change and variability in the Great Lakes basin and how the region can respond to climate-related risks, such as potential damages from changes in long-term temperature and precipitation patterns.

"Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on the Great Lakes region, and it's important for us to understand and prepare for them," said GLISA program manager David Bidwell, a research fellow at U-M's Graham Sustainability Institute. "These projects are laboratories for learning best practices for making decisions informed by climate science."

In addition to the grant awards, GLISA researchers recently posted a new set of white papers focused on potential impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation options related to climate change and variability in the Midwest.

"These papers were prepared at the request of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and examine how climate change could affect water resources, forestry, biodiversity, transportation, energy, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and the region's coastal systems," said Donald Scavia, GLISA co-leader and special counsel to the U-M president for sustainability. "These assessments are critical, not only to the U.S. national climate assessment, but also to aid regional adaptation planning."

The reports are available at http://glisa.msu.edu/great_lakes_climate/nca.php.

The GLISA grants total about $231,000. Researchers at U-M and MSU will support the projects by providing information about historical climate in the region, as well as projected climate changes and their potential impacts. Social scientists will track the projects to identify best practices for making climate information more usable for decision-makers.

Details of the grants were finalized Oct. 30 at a GLISA team meeting in Ann Arbor. The one-year grants, which range in size from $10,000 to $50,000, were awarded for the following projects:

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The GLISA project is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with additional support from U-M and MSU. GLISA is part of a national network of regional centers focused on adaptation to climate change and variability.

GLISA's two overarching goals are to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the Great Lakes region in the face of a changing climate and to facilitate smart decision-making backed by scientific knowledge. For more information about GLISA, visit www.glisa.umich.edu



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