Don Scavia, director of the Graham Sustainability Institute said, "We anticipate that the impacts of climate variability and change will be felt differently in different regions of the Great Lakes based on their economies, infrastructure and vulnerable populations. This collaboratively built resource is designed to give these communities some of the solutions-focused, place-based climate science they need to adapt." Elizabeth Gibbons, GLAA-C project manager and research area specialist said, "The interactive map is geared toward helping stakeholders see how changes in climate interact with social, economic and land-use changes across the region. We're really hoping it proves to be a valuable tool for all the municipalities who use it."
The online toolwhich includes historical data from 1951 to 2011 -- covers counties in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. U-M and Headwaters Economics expect to co-develop a similar map for Ontario in the months ahead.