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Climate Change and Extreme Weather
Severe weather has plagued all parts of the country, including the Great Lakes, over the past decade. What has been causing these events? What types of weather should we expect to see in the future? Register now to participate in the upcoming Climate Change and Extreme weather webinar on April 24.

Climate change webinar
The next in Ohio State University's climate change webinar series is Adaptation and forest management in Great Lakes forests: custom-made, real-world examples. This free webinar takes place on March 25; advance registration is required.

Ice cover on Great Lakes climbs rapidly
MLive (3/4)
The overall Great Lakes system is rated at 90 percent iced over, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. This is the highest percentage of total ice cover this year, and increasing rapidly.

Webinar: Predicting Carbon Storage of Great Lakes Forests
The next presentation by Ohio Sea Grant's Changing Climate webinar series focuses on how climate change is affecting Great Lakes forests, ecosystem resilience to disturbance, and current approaches to predicting carbon storage by future forests. The webinar is free and takes place on Feb. 27.

Great Lakes ice show provides a silver lining to winter
Star Tribune (2/20)
If thereís a silver lining to this yearís invasion of the polar vortex, itís this: an even bigger Great Lakes ice show.

Great Lakes and little lakes: rise and fall are linked together
WXPR Public Radio (2/13)
A new study from the University of Wisconsinís Trout Lake Station links the rise and fall of Northwoods lakes with the rise and fall of the Great Lakes. It also shows some troubling signs of falling water levels in the past twenty years.

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General Resources
Climate Change and Variability Program
NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
This research program brings together projects that examine the potential effects of climate change on the Great Lakes water resources and ecosystem.

Global Climate Change Resources
Sustainable Minnesota
Information on climate change in Minnesota and worldwide as well as plots of annual temperature trends.

Great Lakes Regional Climate Change Assessment
The Great Lakes assessment is one of 19 regional assessments sponsored by the U.S. EPA and coordinated by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The Great Lakes Regional Assessment team consists of more than 30 faculty, research associates, graduate and undergraduate students, and external collaborators from around the region.

Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Basin
Environment Canada and NOAA
The goal of this 1998 project is to improve our understanding of the complex interactions between climate variability and change, the environment, and social and economic systems so that informed regional adaptation responses can be developed for the sustainable management of the Basin.

The Potential Impacts of Global Warming on the Great Lakes Region
Includes critical findings for the Great Lakes region from the first National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change.

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GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Weather
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GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Hydrology
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Flows
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Levels
GLIN: Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region

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