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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.

Featured Content

Climate Change and Lake Superior BrochureClimate 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 EventsInteractive Map: Lake Superior's Extreme Events
Explore the number and variety of weather-related extreme events in the Lake Superior Basin since 2010.
Climate, Attribution and Lake Superior's Productivity
Minnesota Sea Grant-funded scientists discovered that an unprecedented increase in Lake Superior's algae abundance occurred over the last century.
Difference between Climate and WeatherDifference between Climate and Weather
This 1-minute animation cleverly explains the difference between trend (climate) and variation (weather).
From Hot to ColdFrom 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.
Climate Intel: What's with the Cold Weather?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, MinnesotaShades 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 ChangeGetting Real About Climate Change
A year of treacherous weather prompts us to be "climate ready." Are you?
Protecting Port AssetsProtecting 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?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?

Featured Initiatives

Solastalgia is the emotional and cultural distress of a loss of place value or community identity caused by environmental change.
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.

See Also

AudioClimate Audio
Collection of climate audio.
VideoClimate Videos
Collection of climate videos.

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