Education & Training


GLISA provides education and training on climate information, services, and tools of interest to practitioners in the Great Lakes region. 

Private sector service providers are entering the climate adaptation field at an increased rate. Through integration into the boundary chain model, private sector businesses have the opportunity to play a critical role in scaling equitable, ethical, and actionable adaptation. This project provided the foundational steps to ensure private sector service providers have access to and support in implementing the best available climate information for the Great Lakes region. ASAP developed a replicable training program for service providers that highlighted GLISA resources, tools, and methods. Through a series of workshops during the Academy, private sector participants surveyed their existing data needs and services and developed an individualized service improvement plan.

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This presentation discusses the major climate changes and potential impacts facing the region along with frequently requested figures and visuals.  The presentation slide deck is available here.

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 With advanced notice, GLISA staff will attempt to provide these slides or other resources in a format that best fits your needs.

Webinar recording from July 2020 featuring demonstrations of 4 climate and weather tools. The featured tools are intended to help stormwater managers and water utilities understand current and future precipitation trends, in order to better plan and prepare for a future with increasing precipitation and more frequent and intense storms. This webinar was part of a project funded by the NOAA sectoral Applications Research Program (see project page for more information).

EPA National Stormwater Calculator

During a workshop held by the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan (ITCM) and GLISA in 2017 to address extreme precipitation events and other adaptation efforts, GLISA presented on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Stormwater Calculator (SWC). The SWC provides a quantitative assessment of stormwater runoff in a community, as well as the potential effectiveness and cost of low-impact development options (rain gardens, rain capture, use of semi-permeable pavement, etc.) to reduce this runoff. These assessments allow communities to develop management best practices to protect the critical infrastructure and valued aquatic resources in their communities, as well as provide quantitative information necessary to seek new funding to implement the management practices assessed through this work.



Communities interested in learning more about this tool should reach out to GLISA ( to inquire about partnering for training and implementation.

The purpose of the First Street Foundation Flood Factor tool is to make flood risk information accessible, understandable, and usable by defining present and future flood risks at the property level. Information from this tool is meant to be used in conjunction with other available resources such as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps. The tool includes analysis of flooding due to rain, overbank flooding of rivers, tidal flooding, and storm surge. These resources are intended to help other users in the Great Lakes region to better understand this tool and its potential applications. 

Learn more about Flood Factor.

K-12 Education

GLISA works with partners and organizations focusing on climate education for future generations, and we strive to provide materials teachers and students can use in the classroom to help build resilience in their communities. As a partner in a NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant award to Michigan Sea Grant, we work with several community-based organizations and municipal members to help high school students in Southeast Michigan.

Learn more about our work with Michigan Sea Grant, Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS), and EcoWorks Detroit on the Climate Resilience from the Youth Up project.