U-of-M Professor Co-Wrote Midwest Chapter Of National Climate Assessment

May 7, 2014

The Director of the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Insitute was the lead co-author of the portion of the latest National Climate Assessment dealing with the Midwest.

Dr. Donald Scavia, Director of U-of-M's Graham Sustainability Institute.
Dr. Donald Scavia, Director of U-of-M's Graham Sustainability Institute.
Credit umich.edu

The report was presented Tuesday at the White House.

Dr. Donald Scavia says the Midwest will continue to experience warming and increased average precipitation.  The region will also see more frequent intense spring rainstorms, and may experience drier summers. 

Scavia says despite what we saw this past winter, the Great Lakes will have less ice cover.  He predicts that, along with the increase in precipitation, will mean more toxic algae blooms and dead zones caused by nutrient pollution in the western basin of Lake Erie.

Scavia was lead co-author of the Midwest chapter of the National Climate Assessment, along with Dr. Sara Pryor of Indiana University.

Find the 2014 National Climate Assessment online:

http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/