Colloquium Series

We have lined up a series of exciting and informative lectures about climate change related issues, relevant to our community. Bring your lunch and join us for a 25-minute presentation and 20 minutes of full-group discussion.


FALL 2015




So, What Do We Know about Climate Science?

Dr. Norma Froelich, climatologist

EEGS Department at NMU

Friday, Sept. 11


JXJ 1318

Climate and climate change are now recurring themes, in ordinary conversations, media reports, and academic discussions, as many economic, political, social, and ecological consequences are becoming more apparent. All too often, we want simple answers: how many degrees warmer will it be in 50 years? how much more/less precipitation will Marquette get in the future? what percent of recent warming is due to human activities? But the answers are rarely simple; the global climate system is a complex set of interrelated components, processes, mechanisms, and feedbacks that all operate on a range of temporal and spatial scales.


At the first Northern Climate Network session of the semester, we’ll develop a broad overview of the climate system. Be prepared to think about the amazing complexity of global climate and how understanding that complexity is the first step in predicting future climate variability.


What are Other Michigan Communities Doing?

Daniel Brown, climatologist

Univ. of Michigan

Friday, Sept. 18


JXJ 1318

Across the Great Lakes region, communities and colleges are adapting to climate change. Rising temperatures, declining Great Lakes ice cover, and stronger, more frequent storms are already impacting natural resources and local economies, but the largest changes are yet to come. To avoid future problems and to take advantage of a warmer climate, cities and universities can lead by example. NMU and Marquette are well-positioned to champion climate adaptation in the Lake Superior basin and the Upper Peninsula.


Marquette’s Climate Change Adaptation Task Force

Dr. Bob Kulisheck, retired professor

Political Science Department, NMU

Friday, Oct. 16


JXJ 1318

Unlike many other parts of the country the Upper Peninsula has experienced a series of extremely cold winters and unusual amounts of lake effect snowfall, which have been linked with the warming of the arctic and changes in the jet stream. These extreme weather conditions have cost local units of government millions of dollars of operating expenses during the past year. The Marquette County Climate Adaptation Task Force was created to help local leaders and the general public to think proactively about the impacts of climate variability and to develop strategies that will make the Upper Peninsula more resilient and effective when dealing with the consequences of climate change. 

U.P. Forests & Climate Change: Risks, Opportunities & Ways to Adapt

Stephen Handler,
climate change specialist
US Forest Service

Friday, Nov. 13


JXJ 1318

Forests of the Upper Peninsula have been shaped by our unique combination of landscape, climate, and management. Expected climate change may pose challenges to the long-term stability of our forests, so it is important for forest landowners to consider their particular risks, opportunities, and ways to adapt. This presentation will cover on-going work from the region related to climate change vulnerability and adaptation strategies for UP forests.