Great Lakes Region

NOAA’s Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team and The Nature Conservancy have together developed multiple resources that empower coastal communities to engage in planning for and adaptation to a changing climate.  Materials include a guide, an outreach and engagement case study, a video, and online climate tools.

We have learned through regional climate needs assessments that many members of target audiences are not aware of, or do not have access to, the information, tools, and resources being developed in light of climate change. Toward this end, NOAA and regional partners have been working diligently to help fill critical gaps and provide coastal community planners, conservation practitioners, and decision-makers with the resources to plan for the effects of climate change in their communities.

Short descriptions of each product are available below.  For additional information and climate adaptation resources, please visit NOAA’s Climate Ready Great Lakes modules and The Nature Conservancy’s Great Lakes Climate website.


If you have questions regarding these materials or the project, please contact:
Heather Stirratt
NOAA Coastal Services Center, National Ocean Service
Phone: (952) 368-2505


Guide: What Could Changing Great Lakes Water Levels Mean for our Coastal Communities? A case for climate-adapted planning approaches

This case study aims to motivate and empower coastal communities to engage in climate-adapted planning and decision-making. Our goal is to provide an introduction to key resources for decision-makers, and examples of ways to think about what a rise or decline in lake levels could mean to coastal community assets.



Outreach and engagement case study: Survey Says…Great Lakes Coastal Communities Choose Climate Adaptation! Gaining knowledge, skills and new decision-making frameworks

This case study aims to uncover and advance understanding of the way in which coastal communities are moving forward on climate adaptation in the Great Lakes region.  It does so by exploring the emerging cycle of knowledge building, skill development and behavior change toward climate-adapted decision-making.



VideoGreat Lakes Water Level Changes: Addressing Risks and Impacts on Coastal Assets

Check out this five-minute video to learn how changing water levels impact economics, nature and infrastructure in the Great Lakes basin and how decision makers can use tools and data to promote more resilient communities.



Climate Tools: Tools for Great Lakes Climate Adaptation

Across the Great Lakes region, agencies and organizations are building tools and developing resources to help planners and conservation practitioners understand how the climate changing in their region and how these changes could impact the natural systems, resources and infrastructure they plan for and manage. These include NOAA’s Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard and Digital Coast, TNC’s Climate Wizard, the Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide, and the multi-organization Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change.  You can access links to all of these tools here.

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