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May 3 Climate Tools Café Webinar to Introduce Climate Planning Tools

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Article By: Christina Dierkes, Published: May 1, 2012

Communities across the Great Lakes states are focusing on ways to become more sustainable, while facing the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change. To address planning concerns, Ohio Sea Grant, Michigan State University, and Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve, in partnership with the Great Lakes Regional Water Program, are offering a Climate Tools Café webinar to provide an overview of useful online tools for communities preparing for climate change.

The webinar, held from 10am to 12pm Eastern Time on May 3, will introduce the impacts of a changing climate in the Great Lakes region, and will cover three planning tools: CanVis, a NOAA visualization program that allows users to “see” potential impacts of coastal development or sea level rise; N-SPECT, a NOAA tool that focuses on the potential impacts of development, changing land use and climate change on water quality; and NECO, a web-based system from Michigan State University that lets users share environmental practices to reduce stormwater runoff.

Presenters will include Dr. Drew Gronewold from NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Adam Bode and Dr. Dave Eslinger from NOAA’s Coastal Services Center, and Jeremiah Asher of Michigan State University. Attendees may be eligible for one hour of continuing professional development (CPD) credit for Ohio Professional Engineers; instructions on how to obtain a certificate of attendance will be provided during the webinar.

The program is free, but pre-registration is required by May 2. Additional information and the registration form are available at changingclimate.osu.edu/topics/education. Once registered, attendees will receive an email confirmation with log-in information. 

This event is organized by a multi-state, multi-organization initiative funded by the Great Lakes Regional Water Program. Collaborators include the Ohio State University Extension, Michigan State University, the University of Wisconsin, the River Network, Ohio Sea Grant, Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

For more information, contact:
Jill Jentes Banicki, Ohio Sea Grant, at jentes.1@osu.edu 
Lois Wolfson, Michigan State University, at wolfson1@msu.edu

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