Climate Change in the Huron River Watershed
Climate change is evident in the Huron River watershed already. We are seeing warmer overall temperatures and more intense rainfall events. Models that predict future trends indicate these trends will continue. This means warmer water temperatures effecting the plants, fish, and other aquatic organisms that help keep our rivers healthy and clean. It also means increased precipitation and flooding in winter and spring and fall potentially drier summers with droughts becoming more common.
Here are several resources for people interested in learning more about local climate change.
- Climatology for the Ann Arbor Station – a summary of historical data to share climate trends from Ann Arbor’s weather station
- Climatology for Southeast Michigan – a summary of historical data to share climate trends in SE Michigan
- Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region – a look at both historical and projected future data for the entire Great Lakes Region
HRWC worked with the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) to develop localized and easy to understand fact sheets summarizing the best available climate data for the area and explaining potential impacts of climate change to key sectors.
- Impacts of Climate Change on Infrastructure
- Climate Change Impacts on Natural Resources
- Impacts of Climate Change on Public Health
- Huron River Report Climate Change Edition, Winter 2009
- Some of the best and most accessible information on climate change for our area is produced by GLISA
- The most comprehensive and respected national resource on climate change is the National Climate Assessment
Check out our climate change projects here