Climate Wisconsin 2050: New publication provides communities tips to adapt to climate change

August 29, 2016 |

Increases in average temperature, higher frequency and intensity of rainfall, and heavier snowfalls are just a few of the things Wisconsinites can expect by the year 2050, according to climate scientists.

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Climate Wisconsin 2050: Scenarios of a State of Change.

How will those changes affect local communities? The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) and UW-Extension have partnered to answer those questions in a new series, Climate Wisconsin 2050 – Scenarios of a State of Change.

The publications – each focusing on a potential challenges such as stormwater management or heat emergencies – provide guidance on how Wisconsin’s hundreds of municipalities, towns and counties can prepare themselves for some of the problems that might arise as the climate becomes warmer and more variable.

“Our communities need to be thinking ahead,” says WICCI Co-Director David Liebl, a statewide stormwater specialist with UW-Extension. “Having a snapshot of future climate vulnerabilities will be a valuable part of their planning toolbox.”

The publication series gives a broad overview of the scope of what climate change will bring, looking at public health and safety, government services, and government facilities and infrastructure. Each one outlines both the expected climate impacts and adaptation strategies that could protect community assets.

According to Liebl, “Local governments can use these scenarios as benchmarks to compare today's understanding against future risk to public health, infrastructure and government operations."

Read more from Climate Wisconsin 2050: Communities (PDF).