Detroit Climate Literacy

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Literacy Grant funds a three year proposal from the Michigan Sea Grant which focuses on increasing climate literacy for high school teachers and students in Southeast Michigan. The grant proposes training and hands-on engagements with students and teachers as they implement climate change knowledge into their curriculum. The grant utilizes the information and expertise of GLISA’s climate information and staff as well as other NOAA and Michigan-based environmental organizations, such as the Southeast Michigan Stewardship (SEMIS) Coalition and EcoWorks. The NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant strives to enable high school students to be leaders in applying their knowledge in climate change for community resilience.

Project Accomplishments: 

GLISA’s engagement involves providing climate information, such as observational and projected changes in temperature and precipitation trends, relevant to Southeast Michigan. The participating teachers and students will design projects that use the climate information in creation of community resilience goals. GLISA’s climatologist, Omar Gates, provides guidance for the climate information, and he serves as one of the mentors for the high school students. The climatologist’s engagement involves classroom interactions and answering any questions students may have about the STEM curriculum or climate science. GLISA’s contribution in the NOAA Literacy Grant strives to provide the best climate science knowledge and expertise for students in their climate resilience work with their communities.

Project Partners: Rhett Register, Michigan Sea Grant

GLISA Contact: Omar Gates, Climatologist: gateso@umich.edu