GLOS data enables analyses and syntheses, tool development, and validation to effectively mitigate natural hazards and support climate adaptation and decision-making.
Climate impacts are experienced in this region as an increase in average temperature and changes to timing, duration, amount, and form of precipitation and ice cover.
These impacts have increased uncertainties related to the timing and intensity of extreme events, such as storms, drought, and heat events and have impacted ecology, economy, and social well-being. Climate impacts may affect water levels, temperature ranges, algal blooms, regional population growth and development pressures as people move into our more temperate and water-rich region from other regions of water scarcity and temperature extremes.
Regional and national management and policy efforts related to climate adaptation include:
- International Joint Commission water level regulation under the Boundary Waters Treaty
- Regional adaptive management activities, such as under the International Joint Commission,state/provincial and local governments.
- Great Lakes-St Lawrence River Water Resources Compact and Agreement
- Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
- NOAA Coastal Resilience efforts
- National Ocean Policy/National Ocean Council (NOP/NOC)
- Great Lakes St Lawrence Cities Initiative Resolution 01-2014M: Municipal Climate Adaptationand Resiliency
- NOAA Climate Program Office Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments (RISA)
- Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
GLOS is working with the Great Lakes Integrated System + Assessments to support work on climate research.