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Bow Watch: Stay Tuned for Climate Change

Director Steve Bortone

Minnesota Sea Grantís chief role is to offer scientific information regarding our waters and coasts so that you can understand and use that information to help sustain our environment and economy. Fair enough, but what kind of information do we offer?

If you have been a faithful reader of the Seiche, you have some idea already. We offer information on the status of our waters, their fisheries, and the interactions people have with the coastal environment. We distribute it broadly and also sometimes to targeted audiences. Through our NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) program, we update community leaders on best management practices for water resources and shoreland.

Additionally, our educators help teachers and schoolchildren understand the results of research funded by Sea Grant. We also regularly interact with the scientific community to glean from them the most up-to-date interpretations of their research findings.

By way of example, recently Minnesota Sea Grant staff held a workshop that included several state experts on climate change. These included: Mark Seeley and Jim Zandlo of the Soil, Water, and Climate Department at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Lucinda Johnson from UMDís Natural Resources Research Institute, Jay Austin from UMD's Large Lakes Observatory, Pat Collins from the Minnesota DNRís Coastal Program, Don Schreiner from the French River Fish Hatchery, and Chris Kleist from the City of Duluth. The purpose was to discuss their research, thoughts, and what role Sea Grant can play in relaying climate change topics. While Sea Grant staff have kept abreast of the current understanding of climate change, especially as it relates to Minnesota, we believe it is important to remain on the leading edge of that understanding.

The workshop allowed us to gain a deeper grasp of climate science, climate predictions, and information pertinent to mitigating and adapting to a changing planet. In the near future staff members will be putting our collective heads together to determine what messages we need to be getting out to the public and the best ways to communicate them.

Keep reading the Seiche as we will continue to use it to deliver information about climate change and other subjects of importance to you, your community, and our aquatic resources. As they say, "Stay tuned, thereís more to come."

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