Omar Gates is a Climatologist for the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA). Gates provides climate information and data to researchers and decision-makers throughout the Great Lakes region through a co-production approach. This approach involves working closely with practitioners in finding ways to have climate data supplement their work. As GLISA’s Tribal Liaison, he helps integrate climate science with Indigenous Knowledges for the adaptation practices of Great Lakes Tribal communities and organizations. These experiences cultivate the valuable lessons of maintaining trust and strengthening relationships between Tribal Nations and GLISA.
Many of his contributions include the creation of the Great Lakes Adaptation Data Suite as well as resources summarizing climate trends in the region. In addition to these resources, Gates participates in various conferences focusing on climate science and adaptation. He has received both his M.S. in Atmospheric Science and B.S.E. in Meteorology from the University of Michigan.