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New Project Looks at Risk, Response and Weather

In addition to the new research projects Minnesota Sea Grant announced in spring, one more began this autumn. Thanks to $152,500 provided by the National Sea Grant College Program and matched by the University of Minnesota, George Host, Senior Research Associate at the University of Minnesota Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute, and his colleagues are studying the interplay between human and hydrological systems. Specifically, the researchers are interested in two watersheds in the Lake Superior basin near Duluth, Minnesota. They plan to find out how development and weather affect peak stream flow in each of these watersheds while also assessing the communities' capacities to respond to severe weather events. Toward the end of the two-year project, the researchers expect to have modeled strategies that the two communities could use to prepare for an uncertain climate future. This newest project is the result of a unique push by the National Sea Grant Program Office to support more social science research. The two-year grant comes with an additional $114,700 to support a graduate assistant.

By Sea Grant Staff
December 2014

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