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Coping with Climate Change: Conservation Planning in Minnesota.

Galatowitsch, Susan, Lee Frelich, and Laura Phillips-Mao.

In many regions of the world, planning is underway to cope with the consequences of climate change. According to many climate projections, the midcontinent of North America will be warmer and experience increased incidence of droughts. Temperatures will rise without a corresponding increase in precipitation to offset additional evaporative losses. These changes have the potential to significantly alter the character and quality of Minnesota's environment. To stimulate climate-change adaptation planning in Minnesota, the authors created climate-change projection maps of the state based on an ensemble of climate models, and used these projections to determine likely ecosystem responses. This information provided the background for a two-day workshop and public-policy forum organized to allow Minnesotans involved in conservation research, management, policy, and advocacy to examine how the practice of biodiversity conservation needs to change at the regional and state level in response to climate change. This article presents a synthesis of the contributions of workshop participants and published scientific literature to provide a starting point for more detailed climate-change adaptation planning at the regional and state level.

CURA Reporter
Publication date: 
Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported by funds from the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs.
39 (3-4): 3-10.
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Reporter 39 (3-4)