Working Groups are created by the Science Council to conduct science-based assessments of potential climate change impacts on specific regions, ecosystems, communities and industries in Wisconsin and to make recommendations on adaptation strategies. Scientists, experts and practitioners work together in each group.
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Compiling information and advising Working Groups regarding the definitions, scholarly discourses, and applied strategies related to adaptation.
Assessing the potential impacts of climate change on Wisconsin's diverse agriculture industry.
Central Sands Hydrology
Researching how climate change may influence the agriculture, agricultural demands for irrigation water, and the water resources of the Central Sands region of Wisconsin.
Modeling how Wisconsin's climate could change in coming years and providing support to other Working Groups on how they can use these models.
Working with individual communities to identify vulnerabilities and ways to adapt to projected changes.
Using innovative technologies to describe and predict the effects that the changing climate will have on the people and industries of Wisconsin's coastlines.
Coldwater Fish & Fisheries
Studying Wisconsin's inland streams and lakes to see how the ecology of the invaluable fish populations will fair in the decades to come.
Identifying how the species of Wisconsin's forests might be affected by a changing climate.
Addressing how a changing climate could affect the people, economy and ecosystems of Green Bay.
Researching the effects Wisconsin's changing climate could have on the health of people living in urban and rural areas of the state.
Identifying and developing adaptation strategies for problems Wisconsin's largest city may face as temperatures rise, precipitation patterns change, and storms become more powerful and frequent.
Plants and Natural Communities
Addressing the use of natural areas (including State Natural Areas) in studying and measuring climate change on plants and natural communities and in maintaining viable populations of rare species.
Researching how climate change will influence soil erosion and developing conservation strategies and best practices for land management.
Advising and serving as an information resource for urban areas and stormwater managers trying to best manage stormwater outflows.
Assessing climate change impacts to Wisconsin's water resources and assisting in the development of adaptation strategies for dealing with those impacts.
Assessing the impact of climate change on the abundance, distribution, and diversity of the state's terrestrial vertebrate and invertebrate populations.