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Wisconsin's State of the Climate: Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts

Climate & Energy Series
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

At the “Wisconsin's State of the Climate” talk, five leaders from the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) network provided an overview of WICCI’s recently released 2021 assessment report, Wisconsin’s Changing Climate: Impacts and Solutions for a Warmer Climate. This report details how the climate has continued to change since the 2011 assessment report and how new data and insight are leading to adaptation, mitigation, and solutions in Wisconsin. Led by the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, WICCI is a nationally recognized collaboration of scientists and stakeholders working together to help Wisconsin policymakers and residents understand and address the impacts of climate change.

Our 2022 Climate & Energy Series continues to explore how Wisconsin leaders are moving beyond incrementalism to transformational action that communicates clear messages. These conversations are designed to foster discussion and peer learning among experts, practitioners, and climate-concerned community members regarding local solutions to global environmental challenges. Join us for these virtual discussions to build a collective sense of purpose, knowledge, and action as we face the many challenges of our time. See our archive of previous series presentations here.



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Adam Bechle is a coastal engineering specialist with Wisconsin Sea Grant. In this role, Adam helps Great Lakes communities build resilience to coastal hazards like erosion, flooding, and water level impacts.

Natalie is Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Climate and Tourism Outreach Specialist, based at the Lake Superior Field Office in Superior, WI.  She is focused on linking actionable science with key audiences across the Great Lakes, especially related to climate change and tourism.

Zach Feiner is a fisheries research scientist with the UW-Madison Center for Limnology and research liaison to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  He also co-chairs the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) Fisheries Working Group and serves on the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership Science and Data Team.

Amy Staffen is a Conservation Biologist with the Wisconsin DNR Natural Heritage Conservation Program. She has a Master’s Degree from UW-Madison in Landscape Architecture (Restoration Ecology focus).

Steve Vavrus is a Senior Scientist in the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research at UW-Madison and is the Wisconsin State Climatologist. He is an expert on Wisconsin climatology, extreme weather, global climate change, and Arctic climate.

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