Scientific advances and adaptation strategies for Wisconsin lakes facing climate change

Madeline R. Magee, Catherine L. Hein, Jake R. Walsh, P. Danielle Shannon, M. Jake Vander Zanden, Timothy B. Campbell, Gretchen J.A. Hansen, Jennifer Hauxwell, Gina D. LaLiberte, Timothy P. Parks, Greg G. Sass, Christopher W. Swanston, Maria K. Janowiak

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Magee, MR, Hein CL, Walsh JR, Shannon PD, Vander Zanden MJ, Campbell TB, Hansen GJA, Hauxwell J, LaLiberte, GD, Parks TP, Sass GG, Swanston CW, Janowiak MK. 2019. Scientific advances and adaptation strategies for Wisconsin lakes facing climate change. Lake Reserv Manage. 35:364–381. Climate change threatens inland lakes, which are highly valued for their ecological and economic benefits. Here, we synthesize adaptation strategies that could offset climate impacts on Midwestern lakes. Our synthesis is based on results from the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts lake adaptation workshop, in which 48 researchers and managers with expertise on Wisconsin’s inland lakes gathered to provide input on climate adaptation strategies. We identified recent scientific advances, knowledge gaps, and examples of successful climate adaptation strategies with respect to four key themes: lake levels, water quality, aquatic invasive species, and fisheries. While adaptation strategies for each theme differed, there was consensus around the need for a multifaceted approach that incorporates communication and outreach, policy and regulation changes, traditional resource conservation approaches, and novel engineering designs. Managers should focus on protecting high-quality lakes, building lake resilience, and retaining beneficial ecosystem services. Most importantly, thoughtful and strategic interactions with stakeholders, policymakers, and researchers across multiple disciplines will be key to implementing climate adaptation strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-381
Number of pages18
JournalLake and Reservoir Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2019

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Funding Information:
for the workshop was provided to the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts through a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey (grant/cooperative agreement no. G16AP00092) to the Wisconsin Water Resources Institute (WR16R003, 2016WI351B). The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Geological Survey. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Geological Survey. M. R. Magee was supported by a Department of Interior Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center postdoctoral fellowship and through the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. We thank Steven Heiskary, three anonymous reviewers, and the editors, Dr. Kenneth Wagner and Dr. Ann St. Amand, for their help improving the article. We also thank Joe Nohner for organizing this issue of Lake and Reservoir Management and encouraging us to write up and submit this article. We thank the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts for organizing and hosting the workshop. The workshop was held at the University of Wisconsin?Stevens Point Treehaven Facility, and we thank Tammy Loka for her role organizing and coordinating at Treehaven. We thank the many participants of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts workshop on Inland Lakes and Climate Change. Daniel Vimont, Catherine Hein, Madeline Magee, Jake Vander Zanden, Gretchen Hansen, Lisa David, Jordan Read, Wes Larson, Nels Paulson, P. Danielle Shannon, and Peter Jacobson contributed plenary talks during the workshop. Samantha Oliver, Patricia Moran, Robert Wakeman, Catherine Hein, Greg Sass, Tim Parks, Tim Campbell, and Gina LaLiberte acted as breakout group facilitators for the workshop. Workshop planning was done by Madeline Magee, Peter McIntyre, Daniel Vimont, David Liebl, Eric Olson, P. Danielle Shannon, Joe Nohner, Kim Stone, Dale Robertson, Jeremy Solin, Kim Becken, Steve Greb, Catherine Hein, and Jennifer Hauxwell.

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  • AIS
  • climate adaptation
  • climate change
  • fisheries
  • inland lakes
  • lake levels
  • water quality


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