Climate Change in Minnesota and the Lake Superior Basin
Climate is what you have in your closet and weather is what you are wearing today. Anon.
Keeping true to the Minnesota Sea Grant mission and vision, our climate focus is on science and how a changing climate could affect Lake Superior, aquatic resources in Minnesota, and the people and communities that rely on these resources. In addition to helping citizens, communities, and industries understand how the region is responding to climate change, we encourage them to actively reduce their carbon footprints and to plan for a new climate future.
Note that climate science is constantly being refined and the way people apply what is known needs to remain fluid. Minnesota Sea Grant assumes no liability for an individual's use of, or reliance upon, the material offered on the Minnesota Sea Grant Website.
- Climate Change and Lake Superior Brochure (PDF)
- 6-panel brochure covers climate change information for the Lake Superior basin and ideas for mitigating and adapting to warmer temperatures, higher winds and more extreme weather.
- Interactive Map: Lake Superior's Extreme Events
- Explore the number and variety of weather-related extreme events in the Lake Superior Basin since 2010.
- From Hot to Cold
- With perfect timing, Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) researchers are giving the western arm of Lake Superior a comprehensive evaluation.
- Diversifying to Cope with Climate Change
- Faced with increased climate variability and weather extremes, communities could fare better if they diversify crops, energy sources, etc.
- What's with the Cold Weather?
- The Midwest's blistering cold weather in January 2014 was consistent with climate change projections.
- Shades of Green: Flood Control Study Focused on Duluth, Minnesota
- NOAA's Coastal Services Center conducted a study in the wake of Duluth's 2012 flood. What do they suggest to control future flooding in the Chester Creek Watershed? Green Infrastructure!
- Getting Real About Climate Change
- A year of treacherous weather prompts us to be "climate ready." Are you?
- Protecting Port Assets
- Two Sea Grant experts consider how a changing climate could affect the Port of Toledo and the Duluth-Superior Harbor.
- Carbon Neutral by 2050? Can It Be Done?
- As a cold-weather state, Minnesota has a high carbon footprint. Electricity and personal vehicle miles driven are two of the biggest culprits. In 2007, the Minnesota Legislature adopted a goal of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. What would it take to achieve that goal?
- Difference between Climate and Weather
- This 1-minute animation cleverly explains the difference between trend (climate) and variation (weather).
- Green Infrastructure in Duluth, Minn.
- What are the costs and benefits of using green infrastructure to reduce flood damage in Duluth? What is green infrastructure?
- Climate Change and Lake Superior
- With field data in hand and computers crunching numbers, it's becoming obvious that Lake Superior is responding to global climate shifts as clearly as anywhere on Earth.
- Expect the Unexpected: Cold Snaps, Heat Waves, and Extreme Weather
- When the conditions you experience extravagantly defy average expectations described by climate experts, remember that climate variability is also changing.
- Confronting Climate Change
- Mitigate, adapt, and manage! Here's the big picture and what scientists say we need to do when it comes to facing climate change today and in the future.
- Climate Intel - Popular, Smart, Now
- Learn what's happening now in the world of global and local climate change. News, current research, and more are amassed in this up-to-date climate catalog for your use.
- Citizens Respond: How do you think climate will impact the Great Lakes?
- When asked about the effects of climate change, citizens share their predictions – right, wrong, or otherwise.