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Climate Change Challenges in Lake Superior Basin Create Full-Time Job

The University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program has hired Hilarie Sorensen as a full-time Assistant Extension Professor. Sorensen is helping Sea Grant to develop science-based responses to changing conditions in communities rimming the edge of Lake Superior in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"I am more excited than ever to be working on climate-related issues in the region and encouraging a better understanding of climate change science," said Sorensen, the program's Climate Change Extension Educator.

Over the past year, Sorensen worked on climate change adaptation and mitigation concerns part-time for Sea Grant. Given the extent of community needs, Sea Grant posted a job announcement for a full-time Climate Change Extension Educator in February. Sorensen was selected for this job from among a strong pool of candidates.

Among other projects, Sorensen has been collaborating with the City of Duluth and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coastal Services Center to identify the costs and benefits of installing green infrastructure to reduce damage caused by floods. City officials and NOAA representatives are discussing the results of this collaboration today at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mid-Continent Ecology Division in Duluth. The EPA is supporting this collaboration through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. A public meeting regarding this project will be held in May.

Sorensen earned a Master's of Environmental Studies from Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada. Her expertise is in coastal hazard resiliency and climate adaptation planning. Sorensen continues to operate out of Minnesota Sea Grant's main office at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Minnesota Sea Grant's Climate Change Extension Educator position is funded by NOAA, University of Minnesota Extension and the EPA through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Posted on April 3, 2014

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