The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) is a statewide collaboration of scientists and stakeholders formed as a partnership between UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. WICCI’s goals are to evaluate climate change impacts on Wisconsin and foster solutions.
How is Wisconsin's climate changing?
Wisconsin’s climate is changing. A wealth of temperature and precipitation data provides evidence that, on average, our state has become warmer and wetter. Scientists project that the decades ahead will bring changes more profound than those already observed.
These changes will be far-reaching — from forests to cities, and from business to recreation. Watch the video to learn how climate change could affect one of our state’s great pastimes: fly fishing.
Science-based strategies to address climate change
Our working groups conduct science-based assessments of climate change impacts on specific regions, ecosystems, communities, and industries in Wisconsin and foster solutions and adaptation strategies. Each group is made up of scientists, experts, and practitioners who contribute to WICCI’s thematic breadth of air, land, water, and people.
Understanding the impacts and learning to adapt
Wisconsin's Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation
Wisconsin's Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation, published by WICCI in 2011, aids strategic decision-making to preserve jobs, invest resources wisely, build resiliency and protect our built and natural environment amid a changing climate.
Education and Outreach: Success Stories of Climate Change Adaptation
These case studies provide guidance on how climate change is affecting our communities and ecosystems, and how we can prepare for and adapt to those changes.