This study explores characterizations of climate change and climate preparedness within two subwatersheds of the Lake Superior basin. Twenty-seven key informant interviews were conducted with local decision makers, resource managers, and other leaders active in the subwatersheds. Study participants’ experiences, beliefs, and attitudes were documented and analyzed using qualitative methods. Findings indicate strong convergence around climate change beliefs and concerns and divergence on perspectives on climate preparedness. Further analysis revealed specific challenges and current actions associated with climate preparedness. A better understanding of climate change beliefs and perceived preparedness will provide insight into the resources and activities that can be leveraged for further climate preparedness. This study also reveals challenges that may need to be addressed to make efforts more effective. Study findings offer a framework for climate preparedness planning and provide evidence for a strategic approach to building adaptive capacity in the study communities. Findings will inform community engagement, outreach, education, and communication programming on climate preparedness.
University of Minnesota M.S. thesis.May 2017. Major: Natural Resources Science and Management. Advisor: Mae Davenport. 1 computer file (PDF); v, 112 pages.
Examining Decision-Makers’ Perspectives on Climate Change and Climate Preparedness in the Lake Superior Basin of Minnesota.
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