Earth’s Record of Climate in Twin Cities Lakes


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The Local Planning Assistance work unit at the Metropolitan Council provides technical assistance to communities that are currently drafting their 2040 Comprehensive Plan updates as required by state statute. The Metropolitan Council is encouraging cities to include a chapter on planning for climate resiliency in their Comprehensive Plan. As part of this effort, materials that explain climate science both to city staff and the general public would be useful. Students will develop fact sheets about climate research methods for city staff and/or the general public, focusing on what Twin Cities lake core samples tell us about changes in climate in the area over time and why this information is important for climate resiliency planning. Currently cities have state-level data available to them, but student-developed fact sheets about Twin Cities metro lakes would bring this climate science to a local level.

Read the final student report delivered to the local gov/community partner.

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Carolyn Dykoski

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Eric Wojchik

Senior Planner

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