Water Resources Center

The Water Resources Center is affiliated with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension.

Second Conference on Climate Adaptation

Building Minnesota’s Capacity for Climate Adaptation

The 2014 Conference on Climate Adaptation is designed for local officials, planners, engineers, natural resource practitioners and others who want to know more about climate adaptation strategies. Learn about new plans that have been implemented or tested in various sectors, including human health, local governmental entities, college campuses, resources, recreation, and agriculture. Discover ways in which individual action could impact climate change. Our keynote speakers will provide updates on the increasing number of severe storm events, with continuing discussion in breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon.

November 6, 2014

7:30am Registration
8:15am Conference opens
4:30pm Conference ends

Final Agenda pdf

Minnesota Climate Adaptation Awards summary .pdf


(Severe) Thunderstorms and Climate Change Harold Brooks, National Severe Weather Laboratory, NOAA

Individual Actions for Climate Adaptation

Roopali Phadke, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Macalester College

Patrick Hamilton
, Program Director, Global Change Initiatives, Science Museum of Minnesota

Recreation/Tourism and Climate

John Anfinson, Superintendent, Upper Mississippi River National Park

Watershed Management for Extremes

Drew Kessler, Scientist, Houston engineering, Maple Grove, Minnesota

Mike McMahon, Senior hydro-meteorologist W&NR Climate Change and Resiliency, HDR, Denver, Colorado

Jason Smith
, US Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, Regional Planning and Environment Division North, St Paul District

Assessing Human Vulnerability to Climate Changes

Brenda Hoppe, Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health

Kelly Muellman, Climate and Health Program Planner, Minnesota Department of Health

Strategies for Addressing Impacts of Climate on Plant Ecology

Laura Phillips-Mao, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota

Agriculture - Adapting and Managing for Climate Change Extremes

Jerry Hatfield, Laboratory Director of National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment and Director, Midwest Climate Hub, US Department of Agriculture,
Agricultural Research Service

Joshua Stamper
, Extension Irrigation Specialist, University of Minnesota

Bruce Tiffany, Agricultural Producer, Redwood Falls

Impacts on Human Health: Diseases Carried by Ticks and Mosquitoes

Kristin Raab, Minnesota Climate & Health Program Director, Minnesota Department of Health

David Neitzel, Supervisor, Vector-Borne Disease Unit, Minnesota Department of Health

Nancy Read, Technical Coordinator, Metropolitan Mosquito Control District

Climate Adaptation in Rural Minnesota

Kathryn Draeger, Statewide Program Director, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Lessons in Campus Climate Adaptation

Erika Bailey-Johnson
, Sustainability Coordinator, Bemidji State University

Suzanne Savanick Hansen
– Sustainability Manager, Macalester College, St. Paul

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