Last February, on a balmy 56-degree day, Minnesota set a new temperature record, beating the previous record set 120 years earlier, in 1896. But Minnesota wasn’t alone. Satellite data has indicated that February 2016 obliterated the all-time global temperature record, which was set in, well, January 2016.
In this seminar, award-winning climatologist Mark Seeley will survey the evidence and consequences of climate change in Minnesota. But more, he will detail the climate adaptation needs and practices that are being researched by a group of people from private industries; local, state, and federal agencies; and universities, including the University of Minnesota.
In many cases, adaptation—or living with climate change—remains an idea more than a practice. It involves efforts to limit natural resource and infrastructure vulnerability through the use of various tactics and technologies, while not necessarily addressing the underlying drivers of climate change, such as land use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Some scientists believe that climate adaptation is just as crucial to the future of humanity and Earth’s ecosystems as slowing climate change, and research has shown that differences in the way populations respond are key to predicting and managing their respective futures.
But are there limits to our capacity for adaptation? And how do we address the magnitude of the change that is expected to occur in Minnesota throughout the 21st century? Expect a robust conservation conversation!
Minnesota Weather Almanac (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015).
“Minnesota and Climate Change: Our Tomorrow Starts Today” 2014. Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, 26pp. Click here to download.
National Climate Assessment 2014 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Click here to download.
Mark Seeley, Extension Climatologist; Professor, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota, is the author of the Minnesota Weather Almanac (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2005 and 2015), and co-author, with Don Breneman, of Voyageur Skies: Weather and the Wilderness in Minnesota’s National Park (Afton Press, 2011). A frequent guest on public television’s Almanac, he has been a commentator on Minnesota Public Radio and authored the blog “Minnesota WeatherTalk” since 1992. Seeley’s numerous awards include the Siehl Prize in Agriculture, the University President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service, the Scientific Communication and Education Award from Sigma Xi, the University of Minnesota Extension Dean and Director’s Award, and the MN/DOT Research Center Partnership Award.