WICCI’s Coastal Resilience Working Group uses innovative methods and technologies to describe and predict the effects that the changing climate will have on the communities and property owners of Wisconsin’s coastlines.
It is challenging to fully appreciate the potential consequences of changing lake levels, precipitation patterns, and storm events that may result from a changing climate. In part, this is because regional climate and lake level projections are provided via technical data that do not indicate specific consequences for city planners and resource managers. In some cases, the consequences of climate change on coastal communities may not be obvious because projected changes may have conflicting impacts.
Coastal communities need interpretive tools that synthesize distributed data and translate the predictions of regional climate change models and lake level forecasts into user-friendly, local terms that anyone can understand. Such tools will help decision-makers see the connections between climate modeling and the day-to-day decisions they must make.
- Review literature relevant to climate change and resilience to coastal hazards published since 2011
- Evaluate updated statistically and dynamically downscaled climate projections developed by the WICCI Climate Working Group
- Review and update the 2011 WICCI Coastal Communities Working Group report and the Coastal Resources section of the first statewide assessment
- Engage with coastal communities on climate adaptation topics
Stakeholders and Partners
- University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
- Wisconsin Coastal Management Program
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Wisconsin Emergency Management
- Municipalities, counties and regional planning commission with jurisdiction along the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior coasts
- Adam Bechle, Coastal Engineering Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute (co-chair)
- David A. Hart, Assistant Director for Extension, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute (co-chair)
- Members of the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program’s Coastal Hazards Work Group