Great Lakes Adaptation Forum


The National Adaptation Forum (NAF) is hosted every other year to convene community leaders, policy and decision makers, researchers, and others working actively on climate adaptation and resilience across the country. In the off years, some areas of the country host regional adaptation forums to focus on regionally relevant adaptation issues and collaborative solutions. These regional  forums aim to convene the regional adaptation community to share strategies and approaches to climate adaptation in an engaged learning format. 

The Great Lakes Adaptation Forum (GLAF) served as the regional adaptation forum in 2014, 2016, and 2018. The most recent regional forum was hosted on October 25-27, 2023 in Duluth, MN as the Midwest Climate Resilience Conference (MCRC). To learn more about the 2023 Midwest Climate Resilience Conference, please visit the event website.


Historically, GLISA led GLAF convenings with co-leadership from partners including the American Society of Adaptation (ASAP). In 2023, the forum transitioned to new leadership by The University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) and GLISA supported planning and was the Lead Platinum Sponsor of the event. 

2018 Great Lakes Adaptation Forum

September 24-26, 2018 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

GLAF 2018 was co-hosted by the GLISA and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP). The 3rd Great Lakes Adaptation Forum brought together practitioners and scholars from across the Great Lakes region of Canada and the United States for 3 days of sharing climate adaptation and resilience solutions and products in an engaged learning program. Exciting, high energy sessions included speakers, working groups, panel discussions, and many opportunities for interaction and collaboration.