Great Lakes Adaptation Forum

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (All day) to Friday, October 7, 2016 (All day)
Location: 
University of Michigan

As part of its broader effort to facilitate information exchange across the Great Lakes region,
GLISA recently hosted the Great Lakes Adaptation Forum (GLAF) in Ann Arbor, October 5th-7th.

Entitled “A Network of Networks,” GLAF brought together more than 150 researchers and practitioners from eight states, three countries, and numerous organizations to share climate adaptation and resilience solutions in an engaged learning program. The Forum combined panels, research presentations, working groups, and training sessions in a lively format of collaboration and exchange and was kicked-off by an opening plenary featuring four “Ignite” speakers:

Kimberly Hill Knott of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
Wendy Leger of Environment and Climate Change Canada
Heather Stirratt of NOAA
Chris Swanston of the Northern Institute for Applied Climate Science

GLAF also included several innovative features:

  • a “Climate 101” session, open to the public, which offered a broad introduction to climate change adaptation across the US and a deep dive into issues specific to the Great Lakes region
  • a Field Trip led by local experts, which toured storm-water management innovations across the urban watershed of Ann Arbor
  • a Tools Café, which allowed Forum attendees to get hands-on experience with climate adaptation tools used by Great Lakes researchers and practitioners.

Kevin Bunch (a writer-communications specialist from IJC.org) published the following article about the event on March 13, 2017
                                                 It Takes a Village to Adapt to Climate Change

 


Additional Resources

2016 Great Lakes Adaptation Forum schedule

2016 Great Lakes Adaptation Forum webpage - by Graham Sustainability Institute at University of Michigan