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Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments

MI - Federal funding extends Great Lakes climate adaptation research and engagement at U-M and MSU

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University have been awarded $5.4 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue their study of climate change and variability risks in the larger Great Lakes region for the next five years.

Funding for the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments, known as GLISA, will be granted through the federal agency’s Climate Program Office.

GLISA researchers will continue their physical and social science programs to explore action-driven foundational research focusing on new and emerging issues in the region to better understand, assess and co-produce actionable climate knowledge. They will also scale up existing engagement tools and approaches, including a small grants program and a scenario planning process.

In addition, GLISA—established in 2010 as a federally funded collaboration between U-M and MSU—will begin new partnerships with the College of the Menominee Nation and the University of Wisconsin.

New co-principal investigator Thomas Kenote of the College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute will lead a project investigating tensions and impacts of tribal relationships with water resources through a pilot student exchange program between the College of Menominee Nation and U-M. This work will also develop a framework for organizations like GLISA to engage with traditional ecological knowledge in a manner that promotes engagement with Indigenous knowledge and experiences.

The University of Wisconsin team will build on the Great Lakes Ensemble, an inventory and evaluation developed by GLISA researchers to provide the highest quality climate information for the region. The Wisconsin team will generate sophisticated, state-of-the-art climate change projections for the Great Lakes using an advanced regional climate model that was developed to model hydrological extremes and the impacts of the changing lakes.

“I am very excited to address GLISA’s ambitious goals to support adaptive decision-making in the region in the face of growing climate change stressors,” said new co-principal investigator Michael Notaro of the University of Wisconsin.

Over the past 11 years, GLISA has partnered with more than 150 municipal, academic, tribal and nongovernmental entities. The team has worked closely with a network of researchers, partners and stakeholders in producing usable climate information to enhance Great Lakes communities’ capacity to understand, plan for and respond to climate impacts now and in the future. This includes developing a suite of publications, resources, decision support tools, maps and infographics.

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