The Great Lakes region is predicted to experience significant coastal impacts due to global climate change that are different than impacts being predicted for our ocean coasts. Specialized education, training and community planning will need to be developed to assist Great Lakes coastal communities in adapting to changes resulting from climate change. This project resulted in three educational modules that can be delivered individually or as a unit to prepare local officials to develop climate change adaptation plans for their communities. These outreach modules will be delivered by Sea Grant Program Extension Staff, USDA Extension Staff, Coastal Zone Management Programs, and other trained outreach professionals who work with local community decision makers in the Great Lakes region. Modules were designed to allow for maximum flexibility and adaptability and can easily be modified to include future research and tools that increase the body of information useful for local decision makers.
The knowledge developed by this project will be an in-depth understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes; issues of concern to coastal communities, how to answer community concerns through development of educational modules; an indepth understanding of NOAA and Sea Grant and the tools and information available to help coastal communities address and prepare for the local impacts from climate change.
The skills developed will include the ability to work with a diverse group of professionals including local, state and federal officials, researchers, urban planners and others.
The ability to take a wide array of information for use in training modules. The contacts students will gain will be with local, state and federal officials, agencies, and researchers from several universities within the Great Lakes and throughout the country.
The final product of this project is four to five educational modules that can be delivered individually or as a unit to prepare local officials in Great Lakes coastal communities to develop climate change adaptation plans for their communities.
- Cybelle Shattuck, MS Behavior, Education, and Communication
- Danielle Forsyth, MS Environmental Informatics
- Sara Katich, MS Behavior, Education, and Communication
- Shauna Casey, MS Behavior, Education, and Communication
- Rebecca Held, MS Environmental Policy and Planning