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Opportunity to Examine Tourism with Respect to Climate Change in Two Harbors, Minn.

Photo: Woman and child agate hunting on the shores of Lake Superior. Photo by Chris J. Benson.

University researchers will be in Two Harbors, Minn., next Thursday, May 5, to talk about the future of tourism with respect to the area's projected climate. The event runs from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at Grand Superior Lodge (2862 MN-61). The presentation is free and community members are welcome but registration is required as space is limited. To register, contact Karen Katz, Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota, katzx096@umn.edu or 651-246-0974.

The evening, which was rescheduled due to a March snowstorm, will focus on a study funded by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program. The project's lead investigator Mae Davenport, Associate Professor of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota, and her colleagues from Carleton College and North Carolina State University designed the project to help local leaders anticipate future conditions. To do this they localized a climate model and conducted a visitor survey to make inroads into understanding the relationships between visitor behavior and projected climate along Minnesota's north shore. They are also developing tools to help assess plans for managing crises such as extreme weather, fires or hazardous air quality.

Erin Seekamp, Associate Professor of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University, is expected to join Davenport to share project results and answer questions in Two Harbors.

Posted on April 25, 2016

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