Climate change and Great Lakes water resources

by Noah D. Hall

Publisher: Great Lakes Natural Resource Center, National Wildlife Federation in [Ann Arbor, MI

Written in English
Published: Pages: 41 Downloads: 840
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  • Climatic changes -- Environmental aspects -- Great Lakes (North America),
  • Climatic changes -- Social aspects -- Great Lakes (North America),
  • Water levels -- Great Lakes (North America),
  • Coast changes -- Great Lakes (North America)

Edition Notes

Statementprepared by Noah D. Hall and Bret B. Stuntz for the National Wildlife Federation.
ContributionsStuntz, Bret B., National Wildlife Fund. Great Lakes Natural Resource Center.
LC ClassificationsQC982.8 .H35 2007
The Physical Object
Pagination41 p. :
Number of Pages41
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22561211M
LC Control Number2008276704

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The Great Lakes contain 21% of the world’s fresh water. About 34 million people rely on them for drinking water, jobs, recreation and their way of life. But heavy human use over the past two centuries has taken its toll in the forms of habitat loss and fragmentation, influxes of invasive species, and polluted air, water, and sediments.

Water level and water temperature are two important and interrelated indicators of weather and climate change in the Great Lakes.

Water level (the height of the lake surface above sea level) is influenced by many factors, including precipitation, snowmelt runoff, drought, evaporation rates, and people withdrawing water for multiple uses. Climate change is profoundly altering many factors that affect life in the Great Lakes region.

The most immediate impacts of recent climate change have been on precipitation, lake levels and water temperatures. Annual precipitation in the region. The Great Lakes are, collectively, a critical water ment agencies and weather forecasters need new tools to assess how future climate conditions may affect the Great Lakes water Author: The Conversation US.

Mortsch L.D. () Climate Change Impacts on the Hydrology of the Great Lakes -St. Lawrence System Canadian Water Resources Journal doi: /cwrj. The Great Lakes Basin contains 20% of the world's surface freshwater and supports a human population of over 30 million (Magnuson et al., ).

Thus, it is important to understand the potential effects of climate change on this system and a number of recent studies have begun to do so. There are four aspects of the climate in the Great Lakes region where we can expect to see some changes: ice cover, evaporation levels, precipitation, and lake levels.

Researchers have attempted to determine trends for total ice cover on the Great Lakes sinceunfortunately with little success. Ice cover has varied greatly from year to year.

Climate change presents challenges to the Great Lakes, with complicated effects and inter-relationships. Air Temperature Increases The Great Lakes region has tracked global increases in temperature and outpaced trends in some parts of the contiguous United States. Between andthe Great Lakes basin has warmed °F in annual.

Merchants of Doubt follows a group of high-level scientists and advisers who have purposefully misled the public, denying evidence of climate change in an effort to placate corporate and political interests.

Promising review: "Exceptional. Put this book at the very top of your reading list. The authors provide a clear, stunning, and engaging history of how a handful of scientists were able to. When high water kills: Drownings on Great Lakes soar in During this year of record and near-record lake levels in the Great Lakes, drownings in.

Evaluating current and future climate changes on freshwater resources is an important theme not only for the NE CASC, but a range of federal agencies and other partners in the region (e.g., NOAA Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center, EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC).

The Colorado River provides water for nearly 40 million people, but with climate change and booming populations, this river’s tap is close to running dry. David Owen takes us on a journey down this prized waterway, from the snowmelt atop the Rocky Mountains to the dried-up deserts of Mexico.

Climate change is fueling extreme water levels in the Great Lakes — and scientists are predicting “higher highs and lower lows.” By Tony Briscoe Jan 9, Across the Great Lakes region, agencies and organizations are building tools and developing resources to help planners and conservation practitioners understand how the climate changing in their region and how these changes could impact the natural systems, resources and infrastructure they plan for.

The Government of Canada’s top priorities are the health and safety of all Canadians throughout the COVID pandemic. As part of our efforts to ensure good health and economic well-being, we must take real and sustained action to protect the Great Lakes—a vital resource that continues to face threats from climate change and other stressors.

"What we are seeing with climate change now in the Great Lakes region is more rocking and rolling in water levels — higher highs and lower lows and a. The Great Lakes — already feeling the impacts of climate change — face more threats in the coming decades, ranging from increased flooding and higher temperatures to deteriorating water.

Average lake surface water temperatures each month, comparing the period with period. U.S. EPA. Temperatures. The average air temperature in the Great Lakes. As nations grapple with the threats posed by human-induced climate change, global warming is jeopardizing the world’s most precious resources including North America’s Great Lakes.

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This prestigious group of supporters donate $1, and above annually to support the. Meanwhile, the impact of continued climate change on the Great Lakes’ ecosystem is still unknown, Breederland said.

However, there is more certainty with water levels. Summary: Projections for the impact of climate change on the Great Lakes region are sobering, but they are not some distant future: significant changes have already occurred in water temperature, lake levels, ice over, air temperature.

and timing and intensity of precipitation. Bob Krumenaker has spent 18 years of his National Park. Intense rainstorms, floods, and heat waves will become more common in the Great Lakes region due to climate change in the coming decades.

While ice-cover declines will lengthen the commercial navigation season on the lakes, warmer lake temperatures will increase risks from invasive species, and could threaten water quality. Climate change is also expected to increase the frequency and intensity of storms in the Great Lakes region, leading to negative economic impacts from the.

When Moore saw an 80–90 percent decline in fish in all five Great Lakes since the s, it dawned on him — there was something in the water.

“Each Great Lake research community explains it. WASHINGTON – The fresh water of the Great Lakes may protect the region from the worst ravages of climate change – and could even help. "The Great Lakes Water Wars provides essential context for the region's ongoing discussions about the sustainable use of Great Lakes water resources.

The book offers a thorough, informative, and insightful recounting of how the region's struggle to manage Great Lakes water resources has informed the way future uses will be reviewed and evaluated. COVID Resources. Reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID) is available from the World Health Organization (current situation, international travel).Numerous and frequently-updated resource results are available from this ’s WebJunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle coronavirus.

Goodell, who has written other books about climate change, here travels the world to cities like Lagos, Rotterdam and Venice that are at risk of vanishing if the rise in water levels follows.

A landmark work of science, history and reporting on the past, present and imperiled future of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes―Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior―hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens of millions of s:.

book reviews Climate Change on the Great Lakes Basin. 45 pp. $--free. Paperbound. Miscellaneous Publica- tion Illinois State Water Survey and the Canadian Climate Centre. This publication is a compilation of five papers presented at the Symposium of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Basin held as part of the annual.This is an activity that incorporates global and local (Great Lakes) datasets of temperature anomalies.

Students are encouraged to explore temporal and spatial scale, look for trends, and draw conclusions from the graphs they create using global and local temperature anomaly data from the Great Lakes. The main effect of climate change on the water resources of the entire planet is the disruption of the hydrological cycle.

Thus, the rise in temperature leads to an increase of the water vapor content in the atmosphere, a change in the regime and intensity of precipitation, an increase in evaporation from the earth’s surface, a decrease in.