Coastal Habitat Conservation in a Changing Climate: Strategies and Tools for the Great Lakes Region
Sep. 12 to Sep. 14, 2011
6:00 pm MDT
Ann Arbor, MI
- Increase understanding of the current state of the climate science for the Great Lakes region and examine vulnerabilities of Great Lakes coastal habitats and species to climate change
- Provide habitat managers and ecological restoration experts with the tools and information necessary to incorporate climate change into their projects
- Connect federal agencies, states, tribal nations and non-governmental organizations in the Great Lakes region to identify potential strategies and opportunities for collaboration related to climate change adaptation, and identify information gaps
- Initiate or codify development of strategies for incorporating climate change into the conservation of freshwater coastal habitats
Workshop participants will:
- Examine issues of temporal scale for scientific modeling, regional planning and ecosystem health (e.g. adapting for 10 years, 50 years, 100 years). Identify some potential scenarios for scenario planning.
- Examine specific examples for assessing vulnerability of freshwater coastal habitats to a changing climate.
- Share knowledge of adaption tactics, strategies and metrics for freshwater habitats to identify best practices.
- Identify possible solutions for improving conservation of freshwater coastal habitats in a changing climate and initiate development of collaborative conservation strategies for freshwater coastal habitats that incorporate climate change information.
- Increase understanding of the climate related information needs of habitat managers to inform the development of NOAA's climate service efforts.