Twin Ports Climate Conversations: Considering Climate Migration in a Great Lakes City: Perceptions and Scenarios

This is a recording of the 7/19/2022 event.


Please register in advance to attend this online conversation.


Researchers, practitioners and scientists are considering climate change impacts and resilience opportunities in the Great Lakes region. Some communities, including Duluth, have been touted as a potential climate destination. Academic researchers are responding to the moment, asking questions, and developing tools to support a just transition toward resilient futures.

How many people might migrate to the western Lake Superior region? Realistically, where will they live, how might an influx of people impact current residents and how shall our community respond? What data and what voices are needed to assess potential future changes and impacts?

Join us to hear about two climate migration projects happening in the western Lake Superior region.

Derek Van Berkel from the University of Michigan will present a project currently underway. A web-based participatory Geographic Information Systems (GIS) platform is being developed to capture the diverse knowledge and perspectives of community residents and policy makers. Through modeling, this project will show urban growth and display scenarios. This project and its methods are aimed at supporting conversations about how to better prepare for the future while improving conditions for current residents.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth Labovitz School of Business and Economics have also been considering these questions of climate migration. Kim Dauner and Monica Haynes interviewed key stakeholders involved locally in climate change research, response and advocacy efforts. They will present their findings and recommendations for further development of the data and creation of additional mutually beneficial partnerships for responding to the questions of being a "climate destination."


Derek Van Berkel, assistant professor of data science, geovisualization and design, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan.

Kim Nichols Dauner, associate professor of economics and co-director of Health Care Management, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, University of Minnesota Duluth.

Monica Haynes, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research and adjunct professor of economics, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, University of Minnesota Duluth.


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Image credit: University of Minnesota Duluth