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GLISA Welcomes New Climatologist

The Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) is proud to welcome a new Climatologist, Kimberly Channell, to its home in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Channell holds an M.Eng. in Applied Climate and a B.S.E. in Earth System Science and Engineering, both from the University of Michigan’s Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Department.

“I have been interested in GLISA’s work within the adaptation field for several years now, because I know how much research and information is available, but not necessarily accessible to those who do not have a climate science background.” Channell says about what drew her to GLISA. 

In her role, Channell supports various GLISA projects and products for their partners and stakeholders throughout the Great Lakes region. This includes the development of an annual climate summary under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, a sustained assessment of lake levels, and ongoing collaborations with Great Lakes cities to incorporate climate information into their municipal planning and decision-making. She is also engaged in research broadly focused on the impacts of climate change on Great Lakes water levels, as a continuation of her previous Master’s research on regional climate modeling and hydrologic forecasting with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL).

Channell notes that as a boundary organization, GLISA plays an important role in fostering stakeholder engagement. “We sit in this unique position at the nexus between climate information and users,” Channell continues, “and that allows us the opportunity to help inform decision-making and ultimately turn science into response and action.”