This SOW reflects a comprehensive climate program aimed at providing community outreach and technical assistance for assessing climate change risks and vulnerabilities within the Great Lakes region. Projects enable informed adaptation decisions throughout the basin, given that climate change is expected to exacerbate threats to habitats, wildlife, aquatic species, and humans. To prepare for these hazards, NOAA will continue to fund outreach and technical assistance programs for Great Lakesâ resource managers, basin-wide with specific emphasis on AOCs and LaMPs that have an identified the need to plan for hazards and climate change impacts. Funding will support the following sub-projects: 1) The NOAA Coastal Services Center will continue work on the online Lake Level Viewer, which will accommodate both increased lake level and lowered lake level scenarios; 2) the NOAA Coastal Services Center will continue to work with Great Lakes communities, preferably AOCs, to use resources such as the Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide, GLERLâs regional climate data and resources, land cover and change data, and other relevant data, tools, and trainings, to help them better assess and plan for their risks and vulnerabilities to hazards in a changing climate; 3) NOAA GLERL, in cooperation with the University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin, will continue to develop and validate modeling systems that contribute directly to projection of the overall water budget and lake levels of the Great Lakes, as well as enhanced understanding of relevant climate change processes on the regional scale; and 4) NOAA will support the creation of a Sentinel Site at the Lake Superior NERR location.
Community outreach and technical assistance for assessing climate change risks and vulnerabilities within the Great Lakes region