Climate change presents significant risks to our nation's natural and cultural resources. Although climate change was once believed to be a future problem, there is now unequivocal scientific evidence that our planet's climate system is warming (IPCC 2007 and 2013 reports).
While many people understand that human emissions of greenhouse gases have significantly contributed to recent observed climate changes, fewer are aware of the specific impacts these changes will bring.
Research has shown that the Great Lakes region - including Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - is experiencing climatic changes due largely to increases in human produced carbon dioxide atmospheric concentrations. These changes include increased air and water temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and a reduction in winter ice. The changes have resultant effects on the natural ecosystems and cultural resources within and surrounding the lakes, as well as area recreational opportunities and visitor health.
Current and projected impacts from climate change. Links will open in another webpage.