Wisconsin’s Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation

TitleWisconsin’s Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsImpacts, Wisconsin Initiative
Document Number1
Date Published02/2011
InstitutionThe Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
CityMadison, Wisconsin
Keywordsadaptation, agriculture, Central Sands Hydrology, climate, coastal communities, coldwater fish, fisheries, forestry, Green Bay, human health, Milwaukee, soil conservation, stormwater, Wildlife, WISCONSIN

Wisconsin’s climate is changing. A wealth of temperature and precipitation data provide evidence that on average our state has become warmer and wetter over the past 60 years. Scientists project that the decades ahead will bring changes in climate much more profound than those already observed; in some cases those changes could occur more rapidly than plant or animal species can adapt. This first report from the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) seeks to identify the impacts of those changes as well as the strategies needed to adapt to them.