Climate change is expected to have certain, but unforeseen, consequences on the urban environment. There have been few comprehensive assessments of climate change impacts on metropolitan areas in the US. Potential impacts range from effects on urban natural landscapes and green spaces, to changes in surrounding ecosystems, to implications for energy demands, water supplies, air quality, public health, as well as economic losses. Dense urban populations and the complexity of the infrastructure systems magnify negative consequences of climate change.
The Milwaukee Working Group was formed to address this gap in our understanding of impacts and to formulate adaptation strategies for the built environment and surrounding natural systems of Wisconsin’s urban areas.