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University of Michigan, Michigan State University award grants for Great Lakes climate change research
Date:11/15/2012

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:

  • "Adapting to climate change and variability: planning tools for Michigan communities." Lead investigator: Claire Layman, MSU Extension. Climatologists predict that the Midwest will become warmer and wetter, with increased temperature variation and heavier precipitation events. This project team will collaborate with Michigan communities to determine vulnerabilities, strengths and knowledge related to climate change, so that the communities can be resilient in the future by incorporating adaptation strategies into local land use master plans.

  • "Assessing and communicating risks from climate variability for the Michigan tart cherry industry." Lead investigator: Nikki Rothwell, Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station. This project will compile weather and climate information to provide the cherry industry with reliable adaptation resources and strategies. Research results will help the industry make choices concerning risk mitigation and resource appropriation and will foster an understanding of climate variability and extreme weather events.

  • "Development of an indicator suite and winter adaptation measures for the Chicago Climate Action Plan." Lead investigator: Martin Jaffe, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program. This project will formulate climate change indicators for local officials and planners to assist in more effective and efficient winter climate change adaptation decisions. It will complement strategies con
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Contact: Jim Erickson
ericksn@umich.edu
734-647-1842
University of Michigan
Source:Eurekalert

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