What We Do

The impacts of climate change already are, and will continue to be, deep and widespread in the Great Lakes region. Rising temperatures, increasing precipitation, extreme events, and longer frost-free seasons are already affecting agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources, public health, and vulnerable populations in cities and Tribal communities. GLISA works at the boundary between climate science and decision-makers, striving to enhance Great Lakes communities’ capacity to understand, plan for, and respond to climate impacts now and in the future.

Our team of social and physical scientists work together to:

  • Develop usable climate information tailored to stakeholder needs;
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate resources and tools to apply climate information to decision making;
  • Facilitate collaborative activities, education, and training and support stakeholder networks; and,
  • Investigate emerging climate issues and synthesize findings for practitioners.

We work in a diversity of sectors, but especially in agriculture, cities, and Tribal communities to co-develop information, resources, and activities. GLISA has sustained partnerships with scholars and practitioners across the region at other universities, federal agencies, state, local, and Tribal governments, NGOs, professional associations, and businesses. Working together enables us to leverage expertise and relationships, and we always welcome new partnerships and opportunities.

The following infographic highlights key sectors and organizations engaged, our engagement-driven research topics, and metrics that capture our work. 

See our Impact to learn more about GLISA’s role in the Great Lakes.

2016-2020 Engagement Dashboard

Looking for city climate information or guides? See Leading By Example: Tools and Resources for City Adaptation.


Learn more about GLISA’s boundary chain model of stakeholder engagement.


We always welcome work with new partners and communities. If you have a project or are looking for tailored climate information, reach out to us.

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