The number of snowfall events in a given area has a large impact on road maintenance and water resources management. Snowfall data collected in the United States between 1930 and 2007 at seven locations shows how snowfall frequency has changed over time, and relates the information to a changing global climate.
This webinar will:
- explore snowfall trends in the United States and the Great Lakes region
- introduce three regions that show significant change in snowfall frequency, including an increasing trend in the upper Midwest
- provide a sneak peek at a new web interface for exploring snowfall data, available through the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the agency responsible for monitoring how the earth’s climate is changing, and how the United States is impacted by this change. Part of NOAA’s efforts include passing along that information to those being directly affected, such as community managers and the general public. This webinar will provide an overview of how interested stakeholders can obtain information from NOAA’s climate service offices.
Speakers will cover:
- how NOAA and partners monitor national and international climate
- regional and national climate information sources
- regional climate extremes monitoring
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a global problem and have reemerged as a concern in Lake Erie during the last decade. While some have hypothesized HABs in Lake Erie will become more frequent and larger, there are few studies linking predicted climate and watershed models to examine this issue. This talk will describe the methods and results of an ongoing project that links climate models, watershed models and HABs models to predict the frequency and magnitude of HABs through 2099.
This webinar will describe:
- Predicted climate for the Maumee Basin through 2099
- How climate change is likely to affect river discharge and harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie
- Modeling tools that can help people understand and manage the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change
Climate change in the Great Lakes region and beyond is expected to promote shifts in the ranges and phenology of well-known plant and animal species. These shifts are often a result of changes in the availability of food and shelter, as well as temperature. Knowing more about these potential impacts will help wildlife managers and nature enthusiasts alike to adapt to and potentially mitigate some of the resulting changes in wildlife diversity.
This webinar will cover:
- An overview of potential climate change impacts on wildlife
- Effects of a changing climate on the phenology of migratory birds
- Impacts of shifting climate conditions (such as drought and flooding) on the vulnerability of species of special concern
- Climate change effects on Broad-tailed Hummingbirds as a result of shifts in the timing of flowering of their nectar flowers glacier lily, dwarf larkspur, and Indian paintbrush, which they rely on during spring migration
Severe weather has plagued all parts of the US, including the Great Lakes, over the past decade, from floods to droughts, from blizzards to heavy thunderstorms, and from freezing cold to extreme heat. What has been causing such events? What types of weather should we expect to see in the future?
This webinar will cover:
- weather and climate change
- a discussion of recent weather events across the country
- how climate change is likely to affect future extreme weather events and their frequency
- resources that can help people understand and manage the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change