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:
- Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide, a NOAA tool (greatlakesresilience.org) that provides hazard and climate change data, tools, and resources through on-the-ground practices and solutions
- Climate Wizard, a Nature Conservancy resource (climatewizard.org) that provides historic or projected spatial data on temperature and precipitation for areas in the Great Lakes region
- Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change (adapt.nd.edu), a University of Notre Dame web-based platform for collaborative research, education, and strategy development
- BASINS and WEPP (Water Erosion Prediction Project) Climate Assessment Tools for creating climate change scenarios and assessing potential effects of climate and landuse change on water quality (epa.gov)
Jeff Stone joined the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) in November 2007 as a Project Manager and GIS Coordinator. Jeff has over 20 years of experience developing and applying GIS and geospatial technologies to a variety of public and private sector projects. As part of the Science Services Program at ASFPM he manages research and outreach projects that take a science-based approach to flood policy. Projects include, but are not limited to evaluating geospatial software; research of the legal, practical and technological issues related to digital flood hazard data; and communicating the effective use of geospatial tools and applications for developing, analyzing and visualizing flood risk and floodplain management principles and practices.
Dr. Kimberly Hall is the Great Lakes Climate Change Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and is based in Lansing, Michigan. Her work focuses on assessing climate change impacts, and working with TNC’s Great Lakes Project staff and partners to update conservation strategies and priorities so that our efforts are efficient, effective, and promote sustainable natural systems that benefit nature and people as the climate changes. Prior to joining TNC in 2008, Kim received her Master’s and PhD from the University of Michigan, and conducted research on relationships between forest conditions and habitat quality for migratory songbirds in northern forests.
Dr. Thomas Johnson is a hydrologist at the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Assessment. His technical interests include the interaction of hydrologic and ecological systems, water quality management, and assessing and managing the impacts of climate and land use change on water and watershed systems. He has degrees from Penn State University (Ph.D.), Colorado State University (MS), and University of Colorado (BA). Prior to joining the EPA he held positions with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, and was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow in Washington, DC.