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"A network of networks" - GLAF 2016 will bring together practitioners and researchers from across the Great Lakes region of Canada and the United States for 3 days of sharing climate adaptation and resilience solutions and products in an engaged learning program.
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Wednesday, October 5
 

10:00am

Climate 101
Mini-seminar introducing climate change adaptation to newcomers, including an overview of primary climate change impacts, and climate adaptation activities and practitioners for the Great Lakes Region, led by Northeast Climate Science Center and GLISA.

Agenda:
10:00: Introduction and Welcome (Jeff Andresen, Michigan State University, and Alex Bryan, Northeast Climate Science Center) 
10:20: Climate Change Overview, Part 1 (Alex Bryan) Introduction to climate change across the U.S. and Northeast; key findings from the last NCA, and overview of science of climate change
10:45: Climate Change Overview, Part 2 (Omar Gates, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center)
Deep dive into climate change in the Great Lakes region, including historic observations and future changes. Explanation of relationship between the lakes and regional climate and information from select GLISA resources tailored for the Great Lakes Region.
11:15: Questions and discussion
11:30: Climate Impacts and Adaptation Actions in the Great Lakes Region, and Adaptation Network, Leaders, and Resources in the Great Lakes Region (Beth Gibbons, American Society of Adaptation Professionals)
11:50: Discussions and Questions
12:00 p.m.: Lunch as a group, and discussions and questions continued
 

Speakers
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Jeff Andresen

Professor of Geography, Michigan State University
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Alex Bryan

Climate Postdoctoral Fellow, Northeast Climate Science Center
Dr. Alex Bryan of the Northeast Climate Science Center provides guidance on climate assessments and scenarios to help partners and stakeholders of the Center make informed decisions toward climate change adaptation. He earned his doctoral degree in atmospheric science at the University of Michigan, where he explored atmospheric interactions with vegetation in climate and atmospheric chemistry models. His current work explores the utility of... Read More →
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Omar Gates

Climatologist, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments/University of Michigan Climate Center
Omar Gates is a climatologist from the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Program at the University of Michigan. One of his roles is being the data programmer for the Great Lakes Adaptation Data Suite, which hosts multiple data sets pertaining to the Great Lakes region. Some of his primary tasks include data collection and processing through the use of different programming languages such as Python.
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Beth Gibbons

Managing Director, American Society of Adaptation Professionals



Wednesday October 5, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Forum Hall, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

12:00pm

Lunch
Wednesday October 5, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Boardrooms, 6th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

1:00pm

Registration
Wednesday October 5, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm

2:00pm

Opening plenary
The goal of GLAF16's opening plenary is to feature the innovative and exciting work in climate adaptation taking place across the Great Lakes region, in the process spotlighting how this work can be enhanced by strengthening the connections between sectors and across geographies. The session features a set of fast-paced, information-heavy "Ignite" talks to get people excited, followed by a discussion with the audience about what other networks are at work, what resources are available, and what needs we can identify as a group.  

Agenda
2:10–2:35: Jeff Andresen: Opening, Welcome, and GLISA Presentation
2:35–2:45: Beth Gibbons: Introduction of Ignite Speakers
2:45–2:55: Alex Bryan, Northeast Climate Science Center
2:55–3:05: Kimberly Hill Knott, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
3:05–3:15: Chris Swanston, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
3:15–3:25: Heather Stirratt, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
3:25–3:35: Wendy Leger, National Hydrological Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada
3:35–4:00: Invitation for input from audience on networks, needs and resources
4:00–4:30: Introduction of scheduled Working Groups4:30pm - Invitation to Join Networking Reception at Michigan League | Great Lakes Room 

Speakers
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Alex Bryan

Climate Postdoctoral Fellow, Northeast Climate Science Center
Dr. Alex Bryan of the Northeast Climate Science Center provides guidance on climate assessments and scenarios to help partners and stakeholders of the Center make informed decisions toward climate change adaptation. He earned his doctoral degree in atmospheric science at the University of Michigan, where he explored atmospheric interactions with vegetation in climate and atmospheric chemistry models. His current work explores the utility of... Read More →
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Kimberly Hill Knott

Policy Director, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
After spending over a decade working under the leadership of U.S. Rep. John Conyers (Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee), as a Legislative Assistant, Kimberly furthered her interest in the political arena by joining the staff of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ), as Policy Director. DWEJ is an award-winning social enterprise, dedicated to Detroit becoming the global model of a vibrant urban center, with an emphasis on... Read More →
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Wendy Leger

Senior Physical Science Officer, National Hydrological Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Wendy Leger is a Senior Physical Science Officer with the National Hydrological Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada in Burlington, Ontario. Wendy has spent much of her nearly 30-year career working on large multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional water resource management projects in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin and in bridging science and policy.  She has served on many binational working teams over... Read More →
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Heather Stirratt

Great Lakes Lead for NOAA's National Ocean Service, NOAA's Office for Coastal Management
Heather Stirratt is the Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS). As an employee of NOAA’s Coastal Services Center, Ms. Stirratt is working to better integrate NOSprograms and enhance connections with customers and partners in the Great Lakes region. Ms. Stirratt has a broad portfolio of non-governmental, county, state, and federal work experience. Having served previously as the Special Assistant for... Read More →
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Chris Swanston

Director, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
Dr. Chris Swanston (US Forest Service) works with numerous organizations to help them reach their land stewardship goals while considering and planning for climate change. Chris is the director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), a partnership led by the U.S. Forest Service and designed as a boundary-spanning organization providing climate adaptation services to land managers. He also serves as the director of the USDA... Read More →


Wednesday October 5, 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Forum Hall, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

5:30pm

Networking reception
Join the American Society of Adaptation Professionals for a reception featuring exhibitor booths, a student poster presentation, and remarks from the reception sponsor. ASAP helps build essential climate resilience for communities across the country by focusing on connecting and supporting the individual adaptation professionals.

Wednesday October 5, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Michigan League Ballroom Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor
 
Thursday, October 6
 

8:00am

Breakfast and registration
Thursday October 6, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
4th Floor Atrium Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

9:00am

Climate Research Practice: Great Lakes Data Frameworks and Suites
In recent years, there have been a number of data frameworks and suites compiled and tailored for the Great Lakes region. These products range in targeted disciplines and audiences from researchers, to students, and to practitioners. This session will highlight four distinct data suites for the Great Lakes region and provide background and examples of the utility of each product. A panel of presenters will conclude the session with a facilitated question and answer session.

Speakers
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Omar Gates

Climatologist, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments/University of Michigan Climate Center
Omar Gates is a climatologist from the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Program at the University of Michigan. One of his roles is being the data programmer for the Great Lakes Adaptation Data Suite, which hosts multiple data sets pertaining to the Great Lakes region. Some of his primary tasks include data collection and processing through the use of different programming languages such as Python.
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Catherine Riseng

University of Michigan
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Tad Slawecki

Limnotech
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Joeseph Smith

General Programmer and Analyst, SNRE-CILER
Software engineering, data mining, basic to intermediate statistical analysis, R, Bayesian Analysis, sustainability. | | Programmer of the Great Lakes Dashboard suite of products | Developer of other data displays for NOAA-GLERL's website | | My sub-talk will be on the following 2 products, which I encourage you to explore before and after the presentation: Great Lakes Dashboard... Read More →



Thursday October 6, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Forum Hall, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

9:00am

Natural Resources: Natural Resource Management and Climate Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region
This panel will introduce participants to innovative projects integrating climate adaptation into both the ecological and human dimensions of natural resource management, including: 1) The “Conserving Nature’s State” approach to developing conservation networks in which resilient sites are linked by corridors to support species adaptation. 2) Using social network analysis to develop strategies that strengthen the capacity of Lake Michigan coastal ravine managers to address the ecological impacts of increased extreme precipitation events. 3) Research into factors that contribute to the emergence and success of coordinated management among private forest owners, building capacity to respond to climate-related forest health problems. 

Speakers
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Ethan Brown

Resiliency Coordinator, Alliance for the Great Lakes
Brown joined the Alliance for the Great Lakes in 2015 as the Resiliency Coordinator. He has a Master’s degree in sustainable planning and most recently worked at Heartland Alliance on the Illinois Asset Building Group project, where he managed a diverse coalition, focused on communications and convening community round tables. He is experienced in research design, policy analysis and climate adaptation planning.
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Alexandra Paige Fischer

Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Michigan
The goal of Fischer's research is to increase understanding of human behavior as it relates to the sustainability of socio-ecological systems. She investigates factors that enable and constrain human mitigation of and adaptation to risks associated with natural hazards and climate change, specifically among private landowners and natural resource organizations.
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Kimberly Hall

Climate Change Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
As an ecologist with The Nature Conservancy (North America region), Hall manages a climate change resilience mapping project focused on the Great Lakes and Great Plains, and collaborates with colleagues across the Conservancy on strategies and tools for climate change adaptation. She also co-leads a “Science for Nature and People Partnership” focused on ecological impacts of climate-linked drought. She completed her Ph.D and Master’s at the... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Great Lakes Central, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

9:00am

Private Sector: Developing Philosophical and Practical Tools for Resiliency and Adaptation Planning for Businesses and Institutions
Through unique participatory research projects, the West Michigan Climate Resiliency Framework Initiative developed resources for regional and organizational scale climate adaptation planning, including a Research Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) affiliated effort to develop common conceptual models for dialogue among diverse stakeholders and a GLISA boundary organization project to develop a toolkit for businesses and institutions. This panel features case studies from two organizations: Grand Rapids Public Schools and Spectrum Health, and an introduction to the tool’s use and development.

Speakers
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Danny McGee

Sustainable Research Group
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Michael O’Rourke

Professor of Philosophy and faculty in AgBioResearch, Michigan State University
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Daniel Schoonmaker

Director, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
Schoonmaker (LEED-AP) joined WMSBF in 2013. Since then, it has achieved record growth in participation while launching new strategic initiatives focused on waste diversion, corporate social responsibility and climate resiliency. He is a co-author of the City of Grand Rapids Climate Resiliency Report.
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Kristen Trovillion

Center for Green Schools Fellow, U.S. Green Building Council


Thursday October 6, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Great Lakes South, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

9:00am

Public Health: Improving Health Outcomes Through Adaptation
Explore how climate change is impacting public health and the key role local governments and NGOs can play in fostering healthy communities. This session will highlight tools and climate-adaptation strategies communities in Michigan are using to improve health outcomes. The session will include one break-out activity focused on planning and policy responses to a series of future climate scenarios.

Speakers
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Rebecca Cifaldi Esselman

Watershed Planner, Huron River Watershed Council
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Aaron Ferguson

Michigan Climate and Health Program Manager, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Ferguson, since 2014, has worked with the Climate and Health Adaptation Program to build state-wide public health capacity for responding to the health impacts from climate change. He has also worked with local and state governments, universities, and non-profit organizations in the areas of sustainability planning, climate resiliency, and environmental policy. He holds a master's degree in public administration focusing on policy and planning... Read More →
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Claire Karner

Community Planner, Land Information Access Association
Karner is a Community Planner at LIAA (Land Information Access Association), a non-profit community planning organization based in Traverse City, Michigan. She shares the responsibilities of developing and implementing LIAA’s community planning projects across the state of Michigan, with a focus on community resilience. She joined LIAA in 2013 and holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan and a Masters of... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Great Lakes North, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

10:15am

Break
Thursday October 6, 2016 10:15am - 10:30am

10:45am

Climate Research Practice: Application of Climate Data to Practical Decision Making
Speakers
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Olivia Kellner

Climatologist, Illinois State Water Survey
Olivia Kellner is a climatologist with the Illinois State Water Survey. She obtained her B.S. in Operational Meteorology from Ball State University in 2008, her M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from Purdue University in 2011, and her Ph.D in Atmospheric Sciences from Purdue in 2015. Research interests include applied climate, mesoscale meteorology, and weather and climate applications to agriculture.
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Yoon Kim

Director of Advisory Services, Four Twenty Seven
Dr. Yoon Kim is an adaptation expert with ten years of experience supporting the integration of climate change into planning and decision-making in the U.S and in developing countries. She currently works with local and state governments to identify climate change risks and adaptation options that effectively address these risks.
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Jeff Privette

Deputy Director, Center for Weather and Climate, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information
Jeff Privette started his career at NASA developing methods to monitor Earth’s environment from space.  He was NASA's Deputy Project Scientist for the Suomi-NPP satellite and led validation programs for two satellite instruments (MODIS and VIIRS).  He joined NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in 2006 to lead a new NOAA program developing multi-decadal climate records.  He led NCDC's Remote Sensing and Climate Services divisions... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Forum Hall, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

10:45am

Indigenous Communities: Approaches, Successes, and Challenges in Tribal and First Nations Adaptation Planning
Speakers
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Alex Bryan

Climate Postdoctoral Fellow, Northeast Climate Science Center
Dr. Alex Bryan of the Northeast Climate Science Center provides guidance on climate assessments and scenarios to help partners and stakeholders of the Center make informed decisions toward climate change adaptation. He earned his doctoral degree in atmospheric science at the University of Michigan, where he explored atmospheric interactions with vegetation in climate and atmospheric chemistry models. His current work explores the utility of... Read More →
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Kerry-Ann Charles

Environmental Coordinator/By-Law Enforcement Officer, Chippewas of Georgina Island
Kerry-Ann Charles is the Environmental Coordinator/By-Law Enforcement Officer for the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation and a member of the Lake Simcoe Co-ordinating Committee. She is responsible for researching and developing funding proposals, initiating and building relationships and partnerships with Environmental organizations to carry out various activities and manages a number of diverse Environmental projects and programs within... Read More →
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Tyler Kaspar

Environmental Biologist, 1854 Treaty Authority
Tyler Kaspar has been an Environmental Biologist for the 1854 Treaty Authority since October 2012. The 1854 Treaty Authority is an inter-tribal natural resource management organization that manages the off-reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Bois Forte Band of Chippewa in the 1854 Ceded Territory (present day northeast MN). One of his tasks has been to help identify climate... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Great Lakes South, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

10:45am

Local Communities and Climate Justice: What Does Resilience Look Like? Explore Creative Approaches to Improve Resilience Starting at the Community Level
What makes a community resilient? Where do you start to help vulnerable populations? Three dynamic speakers will highlight different community level approaches to adaptation that address climate change impacts  An interactive discussion will follow the presentations to discuss the many complexities of resilience at the community level.

Speakers
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Ramont Bell

Water Preservationist - Outreach Coordinator, Faith in Place
Ramont Bell, of Faith in Place, will share how through their collaboration with the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation his organization distributed over Five hundred (500) rain barrels and designed/installed 5 Rain Gardens, along with education programming. The Rain Barrel and Rain Gardens promotes a 1 -2 punch in dealing with storm water management in the Chicago communities that... Read More →
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Rev. Joan Ross

North End Woodward Community Coalition
Rev. Ross, of North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC), will share her experience with the Detroit’s community benefits agreements that equips block clubs, community groups and small businesses with the information and tools they need to be at the table when huge corporations ask for huge public dollars for private development and how it can be used to reduce vulnerabilities from climate change and build resilience.  And how... Read More →
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Vel Scott

New Image Lifeskills Academy, Inc.
Scott, with New Image Lifeskills Academy, Inc. will share how her community-based urban farm, Vel’s Purple Oasis situated on one acre of land and a rescued  home in the neighborhood - directly across the street from the garden are used as an educational center for Vel Scott’s Healthy You programming are examples of climate adaptation at the community level. The farm and education programs provide a needed greenspace in an urban... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Great Lakes Central, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

10:45am

Private Sector: Financing Adaptation - Innovations from Insurance and Investors, Governments and Philanthropy
How do we finance adaptation? Explore how insurance can help vulnerable people in developing countries, the emerging understanding of risks and opportunities in resilience investments amongst private investors and innovative ways to fill gaps in current federal funding for resilience in the United States.

Kehinde Balogun:
“What Can Frugal, Innovative Climate Insurance Offer Technology and Economic Development in Developing Countries?”
Joyce Coffee: “Inspiring Adaptation through Insurance Innovation”
Kendall Starkman: “How Cross-Sector Parallels Can Inform Decision-Making for Adaptation Finance”
Melissa Stults: “Creating a Dedicated Climate Resilience Fund”

Speakers
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Kehinde Balogun

United Nations University
Kehinde Balogun completed her Bachelor's degree in Business Management and proceeded to do a Master's Degree in Disaster Risk Management. Since then she has worked with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn, Germany.
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Joyce Coffee

Founder, Climate Resilience Consulting
Joyce Coffee has 20 years of domestic and international experience in corporate, government and non-profit sectors implementing resilience and sustainability strategies, management systems, performance measurement, partnerships, benchmarking, and reporting.
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Kendall Starkman

Climate Adaptation Senior Analyst, Four Twenty Seven
Kendall Starkman specializes in translating technical information and data into compelling and actionable reports. Her research on how proven energy efficiency financing mechanisms can inform innovative financing for green stormwater infrastructure was a springboard for her deep understanding of resilience finance.
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Missy Stults

Program Officer, The Climate Resilience Fund
Dr. Missy Stults is a Program Officer with the Climate Resilience Fund and a consultant to the Kresge Foundation. In these capacities, Missy provides thought leadership and support to advance community-level climate resilience initiatives. Prior to this work, Missy served as a researcher fellow at the University of Michigan where she assisted with writing the Adaptation chapter of the U.S. National Climate Assessment and provided communities... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Great Lakes North, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

12:30pm

Lunch
Thursday October 6, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Great Lakes Room, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

1:45pm

Local Communities: Tools, Models and Techniques to Improve Natural and Community Resilience Through the Great Lakes Coastal Storms Program
New resources are available, through the NOAA Coastal Storms Program (CSP), that aid in improving natural and community resilience to storm impacts.  CSP has focused on improving hazard resilience and reducing loss of life and negative impacts on coastal property and the environment from coastal storms in the Great Lakes region since 2012. These new resources, tools and techniques improve Great Lakes weather observations, shoreline prediction, municipal codes for green infrastructure, and understanding of stormwater and contaminant impacts.

Speakers
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Mary Bohling

Extension Educator, MSU Extension Sea Grant
Mary Bohling is an educator for Michigan Sea Grant, a collaborative program between Michigan State University Extension and the University of Michigan. She works with coastal communities and businesses in a 4 county district along the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, Detroit River and western Lake Erie applying science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes issues, including economic development, habitat restoration, coastal tourism... Read More →
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Gene Clark

Coastal Engineering Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant
Mr. Clark has over 35 years of coastal engineering design experience, including the last thirteen years as the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institutes Coastal Engineering Specialist and the Universities Lake Superior field office outreach manager. The coastal engineering specialist portion of his position focuses on serving Great Lakes communities, state and local agencies providing shoreline development Best Management Practice (BMP... Read More →
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Drew Gronewald

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
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David Hart

Assistant Director for Extension, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
David Hart is a Senior Scientist with the University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center and serves as the Assistant Director for Extension at the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. His research and outreach occur at the intersection of geographic information science, urban planning, and coastal management.
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Katy Hintzen

Michigan Sea Grant
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Brandon Krumwiede

The Baldwin Group/NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Brandon Krumwiede is a Remote Sensing Specialist on contract through The Baldwin Group at NOAA's Office for Coastal Management in the Science and Geospatial Division. He currently serves as the Great Lakes Geospatial Coordinator and is located in Minnesota. He has been with NOAA for over three years working on GIS and remote sensing projects focused on hydrology and the coastal environment.
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Kara Salazar

Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist, Purdue University / IL-IN Sea Grant
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Nat Scholz

NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
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Emily H. Walpole

Graduate Student, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University
Hello, I am a second-year PhD student in The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources (adviser Dr. Eric Toman). My research interests are the social and psychological drivers of climate resilience and hazard mitigation decisions. I have several project ideas in this area and am excited to speak with others about implementing them!


Thursday October 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Great Lakes North, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

1:45pm

Natural Resources: Climate-Informed Forest Management - Real-World Adaptation Stories from the Woods
Forests help sustain the Great Lakes region ecologically, economically, and culturally. This panel will showcase some of the ways that forest managers are being proactive and helping forests adapt to changing conditions. The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub are bringing together presenters from across the Great Lakes region, representing a variety of ownerships and forest types. These presenters will each share information about real-world adaptation projects.

Speakers
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Jeff Grignon

Forest Regeneration Forester/Cultural Resource Identification and Protection, Menominee Tribal Enterprises
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Stephen Handler

Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
I help land managers and land owners consider climate change risks and adaptation actions!
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Christopher Hoving

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
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John Rajala

Rajala Companies
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Patrick Smith

Florence County, WI
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Anthony Waupochick

Forester, Menominee Tribal Enterprises
Natural resource management


Thursday October 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Forum Hall, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

1:45pm

Climate Justice: Making Progress on Equitable Climate Adaptation - From Data to Policy
This training session will introduce participants to tools and best practices for using adaptation planning and policy to address social inequity and disproportionate risks. Participants will learn how to use two new web-based tools – 1) the Populations at Risk tool, which provides detailed census data in free, print-ready reports that identify people facing disproportionate climate impacts, and 2) a forthcoming Social Justice and Equity Portal, which will bring together examples and guidelines on how to address adaptation and equity goals. Participants will also learn about community-driven adaptation planning in Detroit, and best practices for building social justice and equity as identified by other leading U.S. cities. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to share lessons, see how existing tools can support their work, and troubleshoot any current projects aiming to address equity through climate adaptation. 

Speakers
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Melissa Deas

Institute Associate, Georgetown Climate Center
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Patty Gude

Researcher, Headwaters Economics


Thursday October 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Great Lakes Central, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

1:45pm

Local Communities: Techniques and Tools for Engaging Communities in Climate Resilience and Adaptation Planning

This panel discussion and training will provide attendees an example of how focus groups were employed in two different contexts: (1) to collect data for research projects about climate change, natural resources, and extreme weather, and (2) to identify the community’s specific goals, needs, and barriers to hazard and resilience planning — and to explore the specific tools and techniques used in these efforts.


Moderators
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Vanessa Perry

University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources
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Rochelle Sturtevant

Regional Sea Grant Specialist, Great Lakes Sea Grant Network
I'm regional coordinator for the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and liaison to NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. I have a PhD in Systems Ecology from Kent State University. I currently work in the issue areas of climate, invasive species, water levels, hydrocarbon transport, and strategic planning.

Speakers
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Mae Davenport

University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources
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Holly Meier

University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources
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Sara Stahlman

Senior Coastal Outreach Specialist, Pennsylvania Sea Grant
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Molly Woloszyn

Extension Climate Specialist, IL-IN Sea Grant/Midwestern Regional Climate Center
Climate outreach, climate change, climate adaptation


Thursday October 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Great Lakes South, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

3:30pm

City of Ann Arbor: The Realities of Adaptation Strategies - A Game
Cities and municipalities face numerous challenges and constraints when planning for water resources and stormwater management in the face of climate change. Bolstering resilience and enhancing adaptation practices, all while utilizing the proper financial instruments and navigating uncertainty and decision making, poses a potentially difficult challenge to local communities. Realities of Adaptation Strategies will break participants up into teams in which they will attempt to employ green infrastructure best management practices in a municipality, navigating through funding matters, public participation methods, contractor delays, and wavering political support.

Speakers
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Jennifer Lawson

Water Quality Manager, City of Ann Arbor
Jennifer Lawson is Water Quality Manager for the City of Ann Arbor. With a BS in Resource Development from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan, her career spans almost 20 years in both the public and private sector. Her unique background creates a holistic approach for the urban utility management, with the ultimate goal of protecting the environment.
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Alexander Rosen

City of Ann Arbor


Thursday October 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Great Lakes Central, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

3:30pm

Freshwater Future (FF): Keep the Networking Going - Help Organize a Community Climate Subgroup as Part of the Great Lakes Network
Events like the Great Lakes Adaptation Forum remind us all of how much we can learn from others, prevent recreating the wheel, and collaborate on shared concerns.  Wouldn’t it be great to keep the conversations going after the event?  Come be a part of this working session to talk about creating a Community Climate Network for community groups around the Great Lakes region to continue talking, learning, and making a difference.

Freshwater Future will share background on the recently created Great Lakes Network and how tools of the network could be beneficial for Community Climate subgroup. The purpose of the Great Lakes Network is to provide a structure for diverse, independent groups to collaborate, share tools and information, and take coordinated action that supports work to  protect and restore water in the Great Lakes region.  Instead of creating a network framework when it is needed, the frame is there waiting to be used.

Participants will share what they would want out of a continuing network and if there is interest in establishing a subgroup of the Great Lakes Network on Community Climate or potentially other related topics.

Come prepared for a dynamic conversation.

Speakers
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Ann Baughman

Associate Director, Freshwater Future
Ann Baughman coordinates Freshwater Future’s climate program, fracking work, and fundraising. Ann has helped to engage citizen and community groups to build resilience to climate change by implementing adaptation projects in several Great Lakes cities. Ann has a bachelor’s of science degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.


Thursday October 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Great Lakes South, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

3:30pm

Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments (GLISA): Practitioner Partnerships for Great Lakes Ensemble
This workgroup is aimed at bringing together climate data/information users in the Great Lakes region to discuss current successes, challenges, and gaps related to the usability of high-quality climate data/information for our region. The session will start with a brief description of the Ensemble works, and then transition into group discussions on the topics of 1) where/how participants currently get climate data/information 2) how participants are currently using climate data/information and 3) the usability of existing products.  These conversations will help identify data/information gaps that the Great Lakes Ensemble can aim to address to better serve practitioners in the region.   

GLISA’s primary goal for the Ensemble is to make it easier to incorporate climate data/information into adaptation activities across the region ranging from climate impact modeling to urban adaption planning. This cannot be achieved without the guidance from those performing those activities. An end goal of this session is to establish a practioner’s advisory committee, which will offer participants the opportunity to work more closely with GLISA and guide the types of products that are developed out of the Ensemble.

Speakers
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Laura Briley

Climatologist, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments
As a research associate for the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments (GLISA) Center, Laura works collaboratively with other GLISA scientists and climate change decision makers to bring useful and usable climate information to climate change problem solving. Much of Laura’s work focuses on how to incorporate climate model projections and their uncertainty into decision-making processes. As part of this work, Laura is also helping to... Read More →



Thursday October 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Boardroom 5, 6th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

3:30pm

U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP): Building an Assessment Community - Connecting Climate Change Assessments Across Scales and Sectors
The focus of this workgroup session will be building collaboration and cohesion among climate science, assessments, and adaptation and resilience strategies across geographic scales and sectors. While there are numerous successful climate assessment and response planning efforts occurring across the Great Lakes region, these efforts may benefit from additional informal and formal coordination on topics such as scope, timing, scales, public participation, and communication and outreach around results. While we are particularly interested in gathering assessment practitioners for this discussion, we are also interested in the contributions of assessment users, especially on topics such as how climate assessments are used to inform adaptation and resilience decisions.

Resource managers, planners, and other decision-makers must have the right tools at their disposal to make educated, cost-effective decisions that will enable their city, town, business, etc., to handle the often dramatic impacts of an ever-changing climate. This session will help to connect communities with existing knowledge they need to act now to protect themselves from climate events and will provide an opportunity to identify additional information and tools that might be developed as a part of ongoing and new assessment efforts. Connecting local climate resilience to national resilience is of the utmost importance, and this session both highlights that need and provides a space for that conversation.

Speakers
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Kristin Lewis

NCA Senior Scientist (Contractor), U.S. Global Change Research Program
Kristin Lewis is a Senior Climate Change Scientist with the National Climate Assessment (NCA). In this role, she helps coordinate the development of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). Prior to joining USCGRP, Kristin served as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at NASA, where she supported program management within the Earth Science Division's research program. Before her fellowship, she worked at Independent Project... Read More →
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Fred Lipschultz

Senior Scientist (contractor), US Global Change Research Program
The 4th National Climate Assessment | Climate Resilience Toolkit


Thursday October 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Great Lakes North, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

5:30pm

Field Trip: Research to Practice - Integrating Technology and GI for Adaptation Solutions
Full description and agenda to come. For now, please visit our preliminary list of field trip stops.

Moderators
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Branko Kerkez

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
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Jennifer Lawson

Water Quality Manager, City of Ann Arbor
Jennifer Lawson is Water Quality Manager for the City of Ann Arbor. With a BS in Resource Development from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan, her career spans almost 20 years in both the public and private sector. Her unique background creates a holistic approach for the urban utility management, with the ultimate goal of protecting the environment.

Thursday October 6, 2016 5:30pm - 7:45pm
 
Friday, October 7
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Friday October 7, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am
4th Floor Atrium Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

8:30am

Local Communities: Cleveland Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Plan
This presentation will share how Cleveland, Ohio is taking an asset-based approach to plan for climate change. Some of the local assets the city is building on include: 1) a strong network of community development corporations ; 2) neighborhood climate ambassadors to lead community outreach; 3) established partnerships with the city, the county, the regional sewer district, faith-based institutions, regional universities, and other non-profit organizations; and 4) extensive weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs.

Speakers
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Matt Gray

Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland
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Nick Rajkovich

University at Buffalo, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture
Nicholas Rajkovich is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo in the Department of Architecture. His research investigates the intersection of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate change in buildings. He recently graduated from the PhD Program in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan.
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Chad Stephens

Climate Resiliency/Urban Greening Coordinator, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
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Michael Tuzzo

University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
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Linda Warren

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress


Friday October 7, 2016 8:30am - 10:15am
Great Lakes South, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

8:30am

Innovative Technologies and Approaches in the Adaptation Field
Speakers
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Dagnachew Belete

Lecturer at Addis Ababa University, Ph.D Student
. M.Sc in Environmental Engineering | . M.A in Urban Management | . B.Sc in Civil Engineering | Working as civil engineer at the Ministry of works and urban development in Ethiopia (Feb. 2006 to Sept. 2010). | Lecturer in Addis Ababa University (Oct. 2010 to date)
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Scott Kalafatis

University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
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Branko Kerkez

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
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Missy Stults

Program Officer, The Climate Resilience Fund
Dr. Missy Stults is a Program Officer with the Climate Resilience Fund and a consultant to the Kresge Foundation. In these capacities, Missy provides thought leadership and support to advance community-level climate resilience initiatives. Prior to this work, Missy served as a researcher fellow at the University of Michigan where she assisted with writing the Adaptation chapter of the U.S. National Climate Assessment and provided communities... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 8:30am - 10:15am
Great Lakes North, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

8:30am

Integrating Climate Solutions through Social Science
Speakers
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Ken Frank

Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University
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Maria Carmen Lemos

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Michigan
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Ricky Rood

Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan


Friday October 7, 2016 8:30am - 10:15am
Great Lakes Central, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

10:15am

Break
Friday October 7, 2016 10:15am - 10:30am

10:30am

Tools Cafe
Friday October 7, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Boardroom 5, 6th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

10:30am

Michigan Green Communities (MGC) and the Great Lakes Climate Adaptation Network (GLCAN): Building Collaborative Urban Networks
This working group session is targeted toward local governments. The Great Lakes Climate Adaptation Network (GLCAN) is a regional network of local government staff and partners who actively work together to identify and act on the unique climate adaptation challenges of the Great Lakes region. Michigan Green Communities (MGC) is a statewide network of local government and university staff that collaborate with one another, through peer learning and information sharing, to promote innovative solutions and move sustainability initiatives forward at the local, regional, and state level. MGC is launching a Climate Resource Team that will serve as a working group for local governments to come together to share information, troubleshoot problems, and collaboratively plan implementation steps.

This working group session will directly address forum themes (enhancing resiliency, adaptation strategies, indicators, and monitoring, and linking climate research and practice). The objective of this session would be to help participants outline action steps to start or further climate and energy planning in their community.

Speakers
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Luke Forrest

Director of Civic Innovations, Michigan Municipal League
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Matt Gray

Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland


Friday October 7, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Boardroom 2 6th floor

10:30am

Michigan Sustainability Cases (MSC) and the Michigan Journal of Sustainability (MJS): Transforming Science Communication for Sustainable Outcomes
Effective communication among researchers and practitioners, and with community stakeholders, is essential for progress in sustainability. Amid a growing awareness for the need to improve communication among these groups, a variety of media have arisen for disseminating information, establishing collaborations, and tackling ongoing challenges. However, this new landscape raises questions of how best to engage interested individuals and groups, and where responsibilities for communication lie. This session will convene discussion on perspectives and innovations for effective communication, led by representatives from Michigan Sustainability Cases (MSC) and the Michigan Journal of Sustainability (MJS). Both initiatives are invested in pursuing novel approaches through online publication and use of multimedia elements to reach a diverse audience. Participants are encouraged to share their strategies for fostering dialogue and to explore partnerships with MSC and MJS.

Speakers
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Meg Czerwinski

PhD Student, University of Michigan School of Nursing
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Meghan Wagner

Project Manager, Michigan Sustainability Cases
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Pearl Zhu Zeng

Learning Platform and Website Manager, Michigan Sustainability Cases


Friday October 7, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Great Lakes North, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

10:30am

Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub (NFCH): Making Climate-Informed Decisions for Watershed Management
The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub (NFCH) are convening a workgroup for watershed managers to discover how people are integrating climate change considerations in their land management activities. NIACS and the NFCH will use this session to explore knowledge gaps, share current climate resources and tools available to watershed managers, and brainstorm potential resources desired by this community. The session will begin with sharing background information about NIACS and our work on climate adaptation in forest management and conservation across the Midwest and Northeast. We will also discuss our new expansion into the realm of watershed management. Following this introduction, the session will operate like a roundtable discussion to solicit feedback and ideas from participants. 

NIACS has published an adaptation toolkit for forest managers which includes a “menu” of adaptation strategies and approaches and a structured framework for developing customized adaptation actions for implementation (http://forestadaptation.org/far and http://adaptationworkbook.org/). Currently these resources are focused primarily on forest management; in the fall of 2016 NIACS plans to kick off a new expansion of the adaptation toolkit that explicitly addresses common management goals and adaptation actions appropriate to watershed management. NIACS will engage partners across the watershed management community to expand the scope of our tools and resources, and this workgroup will be an early opportunity to connect with collaborators and potential users of these tools. Interested partners will be invited to engage in the creation of new tools and practical resources to aid in climate-informed decisions specific to watershed management. Learn more about our existing resources at http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/niacs/ and http://www.climatehubs.oce.usda.gov/northernforests.

Speakers
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Stephen Handler

Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
I help land managers and land owners consider climate change risks and adaptation actions!
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Danielle Shannon

Coordinator, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub
Danielle Shannon is the coordinator of the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, acting as a climate change outreach specialist to natural resource professionals in the Midwest and Northeast. Danielle has a M.S. in Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management from the University of Minnesota and is based in Houghton, MI.
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Chris Swanston

Director, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
Dr. Chris Swanston (US Forest Service) works with numerous organizations to help them reach their land stewardship goals while considering and planning for climate change. Chris is the director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), a partnership led by the U.S. Forest Service and designed as a boundary-spanning organization providing climate adaptation services to land managers. He also serves as the director of the USDA... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Great Lakes Central, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

10:30am

University of Wisconsin Sea Grant (UWSG): Building a Great Lakes Resilience Community of Practice – Lessons from the Gulf of Mexico Climate Outreach Community of Practice
This session would use the workgroup format to explore creation of a community of practice (CoP) to address hazards resilience and climate adaptation issues in the Great Lakes region. The CoP would connect scientists, outreach specialists, extension agents, and professional association staff with local and regional government officials to apply resilience and adaptation best practices. The session would explore the structure and benefits of a CoP and learn from the model of the successful Gulf of Mexico Climate Outreach CoP (http://masgc.org/climate-outreach-community-of-practice/summary). The Great Lakes Coastal Storms Program would support travel for a representative from the Gulf CoP to attend the Great Lakes Adaptation Forum and would seek additional travel support to add a community perspective from the Gulf. This would further an exchange where representatives from the Great Lakes attended the 2015 Gulf CoP in St. Pete Beach, FL. The desired outcome of the session would be increased collaboration on hazards resilience and climate adaptation in the Great Lakes region.

Speakers
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Marian Hanisko

Coastal Management Specialist, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Marian Hanisko (marian.hanisko@noaa.gov) joined the NOAA Coastal Services Center in 2010 as a Coastal Management Specialist with The Baldwin Group.  In this position, she teaches Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings and works with federal, state, and local partners to address community resilience and climate change adaptation planning issues.  Ms. Hanisko has over ten years of experience in coastal management and policy... Read More →
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David Hart

Assistant Director for Extension, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
David Hart is a Senior Scientist with the University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center and serves as the Assistant Director for Extension at the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. His research and outreach occur at the intersection of geographic information science, urban planning, and coastal management.
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Tracie Sempier

Coastal Storms Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant


Friday October 7, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Great Lakes South, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor

12:00pm

Break
Friday October 7, 2016 12:00pm - 12:15pm

12:15pm

Lunch and report-backs
Friday October 7, 2016 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Great Lakes Room, 4th Floor Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor