Summary Climate Information

The climate of the Great Lakes is changing. Higher global temperatures change patterns of seasons and precipitation at Great Lakes regional and local levels. These uncertainties impact ecology, economy, and social well-being.

On this section of our website, GLISA provides accessible information about the climate change issues we face in the Great Lakes region. These materials provide valuable background information for those considering Great Lakes climate.

Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

GLISA has summarized the best research available on the impacts of climate change in the Great Lakes region into a series of easy-to-read webpages and a two-page Executive Summary fact sheet.

Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region (Video)Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region (Video)

GLISA Co-Director Dr. Donald Scavia prepared an online lecture for a College of Exploration online workshop funded by the National Science Foundation. The talk explores: current global and regional trends, future global and regional projections, and probable impacts of climate change in the Great Lakes region.

 

Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region (Presentation)

Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region (Presentation)

This presentation discusses the major climate changes and potential impacts facing the region along with frequently requested figures and visuals.

This presentation is provided by GLISA free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes. If you intend to present or display material from this presentation publicly, please notify GLISA at GLISA-info@umich.edu. With advanced notice, GLISA staff will attempt to provide these slides or other resources in a format that best fits your needs. 

National Climate Assessment: Midwest Technical Input Report

National Climate Assessment: Midwest and Northeast Regional Reports

At the request of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, GLISA and the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment formed a Midwest regional team to provide technical input to the National Climate Assessment. Read and download Midwest Technical Input Report or the Midwest and Northeast Regional Chapters of the National Climate Assessment.

Mapping Demographics and Climate Change (Interactive Utility)

Through a partnership of the GLAA-C project with Headwaters Economics, GLISA contributed to the development of an interactive utility that demonstrates how social and economic characteristics of the Great Lakes Region are impacted by regionally specific changes in climate.