About the Forum

The Great Lakes Adaptation Forum brought practitioners and researchers from across the Great Lakes region of Canada and the United States for 3 days of sharing climate adaptation and resilience solutions and products in an engaged learning program. Exciting, high energy sessions included ignite speakers, working groups, hands-on training, presentations and panel discussions. More than 150 researchers and practitioners from eight states, three countries, and numerous organizations participated, sharing climate adaptation and resilience solutions.  See: Agenda

Ignite Speakers

An opening plenary featured four “Ignite” speakers: Kimberly Hill Knott, Detroiters for Environmental Justice; Wendy Leger, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Heather Stirratt, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and Chris Swanston, Northern Institute for Applied Climate Science. In addition to climate science presentations, forum participants engaged in panels, working groups, and training sessions in a lively format emphasizing collaboration and exchange.

Climate 101

Several innovative features of the forum included a “Climate 101” session with an introduction to climate change adaptation across the US and a deep dive into issues specific to the Great Lakes region; tours led by local experts of storm-water management innovations across Ann Arbor’s urban watershed; and a Tools Café, where event participants could gain hands-on experience with climate adaptation tools used by Great Lakes researchers and practitioners.

A Network of Networks

The event title A Network of Networks reflects the opportunity and challenge of advancing climate research, adaptation, and resilience in the Great Lakes region. As climate change efforts are championed across a diversity of sectors and disciplines, the need to share practices within and across our areas of expertise is more necessary than ever. The Forum engaged climate adaptation practitioners and researchers working in natural resource management, enhancing the resilience of vulnerable populations, public health, urban resilience and neighborhood-level planning, Tribal adaptation planning, Great Lakes and water resources, and financial instruments, economics, and insurance.