Graham Sustainability Institute

Climate Center

We are committed to developing solutions for adapting to climate change in ways that minimize adverse impacts on human and ecosystem health. As such, we are pursuing novel climate research spanning the physical, biological, social, technological, and policy sciences. Our innovative, solutions-focused initiatives include the following:

Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments

Sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Graham institute's Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) is part of a national network of regional centers focused on adapting to climate variability and change.  GLISA is a collaboration of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, with the participation of Ohio State University and Michigan Sea Grant. With a team of leading climatologists, social scientists, and outreach specialists, GLISA's work focuses on the Lake Huron and Lake Erie watersheds in Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario, but it also encompasses the broader Great Lakes basin. GLISA addresses a wide range of interconnected regional issues related to the Great Lakes ecosystem—including agriculture, watershed management, urban management, and natural resources-based tourism, and more.

Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities

The goal of the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C) is to bring together researchers and practitioners to develop actionable climate adaptation programs for cities in the Great Lakes region. GLAA-C works with cities in the Great Lakes region to develop and implement climate adaptation strategies in these cities.