Great Lakes

Inclusion of Climate-Change Effects on Lake Levels in Management Plans of Tribal Fisheries

What environmentally, socially, politically, and economically feasible policy options and management actions can people, businesses, and governments implement in order to adapt to current and future variability in Great Lakes water levels?

Warming air temperatures play an important role in controlling the water levels of the Great Lakes, as air-water temperature differences, and the extent of seasonal ice coverage, drive evaporation from these lakes. These climate and water level changes pose challenges for the: (a) management of Tribal fisheries which support important fish populations and (b) protection of culturally important coastal sites (ex: Tribal burial grounds). read more…

Dr. Frank Marsik is a Lecturer II and Associate Research Scientist with the University of Michigan Dept. of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering.

A video of the presentation appears below:

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