Communities across the Great Lakes states are focusing on ways to become more sustainable, while facing the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change. To address planning concerns, this webinar will provide an overview of tools that can be used to help communities prepare for climate change. The webinar will cover:
- Impacts of a changing climate
- CanVis: a NOAA visualization program to “see” potential impacts from coastal development or sea level rise
- N-SPECT: a NOAA tool to investigate potential water quality impacts from development, other land uses, and climate change
- NECO: a web-based system from Michigan State University to share environmental practices that reduce stormwater runoff
Drew Gronewold, Ph.D., P.E. is a hydrologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, MI. He conducts research on watershed hydrology and water quality, focusing on new methods for recognizing and quantifying variability and uncertainty in environmental processes, and using this data in model forecasts that can inform water resource management decisions. Prior to joining NOAA, he also worked as a scientist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and as a professionally licensed engineer in the environmental consulting industry.
Adam Bode has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science, with a focus in Coastal Zone Management, from the University of South Carolina. He is a GIS Spatial Analyst with The Baldwin Group, on contract to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center in Charleston, SC. For the past 6 years, he has provided geospatial project support to the Center’s GIS Integration and Development (GIS I&D) Program. This support has included data development and management for numerous mapping projects including the Legislative Atlas. He is currently serving as the technical lead for the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre project, lead CanVis trainer, and provides technical support for the Center’s larger ocean planning efforts.
Dave Eslinger, Ph.D., is an oceanographer with the NOAA Coastal Services Center in Charleston, SC, focusing on satellite remote sensing and numerical modeling. His projects aim to make technical information more accessible and usable by coastal managers: development of GIS tools that examine impacts of land use change, accessibility improvements for NOAA climate information, and work on the Historical Hurricane Track tool. He has also conducted research on the ecological impacts of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and taught courses at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dave earned his Doctoral degree in Biological Oceanography from Florida State University, and has worked as a National Research Council Research Associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Jeremiah Asher is a geographic information systems (GIS) specialist with the Institute of Water Research at Michigan State University. He has an extensive background in project management, decision support system development, and natural resource management. His research focus is on web/GIS application development, and he is the chief architect and designer of the Networked Neighborhoods for Eco-Conservation Online application for the Great Lakes Protection Fund, the Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool interface for the State of Michigan’s new Water Legislation, and the Social Indicators Data Management and Analysis tool for managing social indicators for the improvement of water quality, a multi-state (Region 5 EPA) effort supported by EPA’s Nonpoint source 319 program and the NIFA Great Lakes Regional Water Program. Jeremiah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Applications from Michigan State University.