Climate Change & Harmful Algal Blooms in Maumee Bay

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

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Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife

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

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Climate Change and Extreme Weather: historical trends and future forecasts

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

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Adaptation and forest management in Great Lakes forests: custom-made, real-world examples

FForest managers and landowners have a big role to play in preparing for continued climate change. The Climate Change Response Framework is a collaborative effort to help with this challenge and encourage climate-informed forest management (www.forestadaptation.org). A major focus of this project is to build a network of adaptation demonstration projects, to provide real-world examples from a variety of ownerships and forest types.

This presentation will share:

  • the consistent approach that unites all of these demonstration projects
  • different ways forest managers and landowners are adapting to climate change

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Predicting Carbon Storage of Great Lakes Forests in the Year 2050

Forests across North-Central and North-Eastern North America historically have been responsible for most of the continent’s biological carbon storage, helping to slow atmospheric CO2 increases. However, these forests are aging and are beset by a variety of pests and pathogens. In the face of continuing climate change, what does this mean for the future?

This webinar will provide information about:

  • Links between forest age, biological and structural complexity, and ecosystem resilience to disturbance
  • Current approaches to predicting carbon storage by future forests
  • Management options that promote the sustainable delivery of forest ecosystem goods and services

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  • “ Here in Minnesota we're using the webinars to provide current research updates. The information is pertinent and timely and by using the OSU webinars for content, we can spend time working on other aspects of climate adaptation. – B. Liukkonen, U of MN Extension

  • “ This is one of the most useful and accessible resources in the Great Lakes basin. Consider it a cornerstone of a growing network of climate professionals in this region. ”

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Featured Presentations

  • 2010-09-28
    Dr. Jonathan Patz

    University of Wisconsin
    Climate Change in the Great Lakes: Key Vulnerabilities to Public Health in the Region. Read more.

  • 2010-11-02
    Dr. Brent Sohngen

    Ohio State University
    Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Great Lakes Farms and Forests. Read more.

  • 2010-10-14
    Dr. Dan Herms

    Ohio State University
    Effects of Climate Change on Species Interactions in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems. Read more.

  • 2011-01-11
    Dr. Peter Curtis

    Ohio State University
    Managing Great Lakes Forests for Climate Change Mitigation Read more.

  • 2010-12-07
    Dr. Anthony D. Kendall

    Michigan State University
    Climate Change, Biofuels, and Land Use Legacy Read more.