The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts has released its first comprehensive report, Wisconsin's Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation. The report will serve as a resource for business executives, government, natural resource managers, public health officials and other decision makers as they take strategic steps to preserve jobs, invest resources wisely, build resiliency and protect our built and natural environment in the face of a changing climate. You can download the report as a PDF by clicking the links below.

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Wisconsin's Changing Climate:
Impacts and Adaptation

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Front Matter
Part 1 - Changes
    Chapter 1: Climate Change in Wisconsin: Past, Present and Future
    Chapter 2: Understanding Adaptation
Part 2 - Impacts
    Chapter 3: Water Resources
    Chapter 4: Natural Habitats and Biodiversity
    Chapter 5: Agriculture and the Soil Resource
    Chapter 6: Coastal Resources
    Chapter 7: People and Their Environment
Part 3 - Action
    Chapter 8: Implementing Adaptation
    Chapter 9: Moving Forward
    Working Group Report Executive Summaries

Recommended citation: Wisconsin's Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation. 2011. Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, Wisconsin.

WICCI in Action: Success stories of climate change adaptation

These case studies, written and designed by WICCI staff Eric Verbeten and Jenny Peek, are a window into the daily work of WICCI's members and affiliates.

Climate Wisconsin 2050: Forestry (PDF) | November 2016

Climate Wisconsin 2050: Wisconsin Communities (PDF) | August 2016

Wisconsin Heat Vulnerability Index identifies populations most at risk from extreme heat (PDF) | May 2015

The Temperatures of Wisconsin's Lakes are Changing with Climate (PDF) | April 2015

Plants and Natural Communities Climate Vulnerability Assessments

These ten vulnerability assessments, put together by the Plants and Natural Communities Working Group, provide a broad summary of potential impacts of climate change, and may provide a foundation for conservation planning in the face of an uncertain future.


Adapting to Wisconsin's Changing Climate: Science and collaboration

This insert was written by Carolyn Rumery Betz as a supplement to the DNR's Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine. To read the insert in its entirety click on the cover image below. You can also download a PDF of the insert.

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Working Group Reports

Central Sands Hydrology
Coastal Communities
Coldwater Fish and Fisheries
Green Bay
Human Health
Plants and Natural Communities
Soil Conservation
Water Resources