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Special Coastal Resiliency Training Workshops

Held on October 25, November 1, and November 15, 2017

Changes to lake levels and climate are forcing coastal communities to reevaluate how they manage land use, new development and infrastructure. These three no-cost workshops were intended to teach local and regional planners, planning commissioners, elected officials, municipal staff and interested citizens in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties how to address these dynamic challenges and bring greater resiliency to their communities.

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Workshop One: Introduction to Coastal Dynamics and Resiliency

Wednesday, October 25, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Featured Presentations:

Resilient Michigan Overview (video)
Harry Burkholder, Executive Director
Land Information Access Association (LIAA)

Historical and Projected Future Climatic Trends in the Great Lakes Region (video)
Dr. Jeffrey Andresen, State Climatologist
Michigan State University

Great Lakes Coastal Dynamics (video)
Dr. Guy Meadows, Director
Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University

What Makes a Great Lakes Coastal Community “Resilient,” and How to Plan for One? (video)
Dr. Richard Norton, Professor
University of Michigan

Workshop Two: Understanding and Gathering Coastal Data

Wednesday, November 1, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

The Geomorphology and Evolution of Lake Michigan Coastal Dunes
Dr. Alan Arbogast, Chair
Department of Geography, Michigan State University

Using  Scenario Planning to Map High-Risk Flood Areas and Consider Other Coastal Resources
Dr. Richard Norton, Professor
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Workshop Three: Using Coastal Data to Impact Local Planning

Wednesday, November 15, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Anthropogenic Impact(s) to Lake Michigan Shorelines
John Yellich, Director
Michigan Geological Survey, Western Michigan University

Using Scenario Planning to Assess Land Use, Fiscal, and Environmental Impacts
Dr. Richard Norton and Zach Rable
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

How to Conduct Vulnerability Assessments
Harry Burkholder, Executive Director
Land Information Access Association (LIAA)

Workshop Registration

Michigan CoastlineChanges to lake levels and climate are forcing coastal communities to reevaluate how they manage land use, new development and infrastructure. These two no-cost workshops will teach local planners, planning commissioners, elected officials, municipal staff and interested citizens in Northwest Lower Michigan how to address these dynamic challenges and build greater resiliency in their communities.

A half-day workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 16. The first half of the workshop will provide a broad overview of Coastal Dynamics, Resilience Planning, and how changes in climate are impacting communities. The second half of the workshop will be more technical, providing an overview of scenario-based planning tools and how planners and local officials can use data to inform local planning.

The workshop will be held in the Conference Room of in the Michigan Works Building, 1209 S. Garfield Ave., Suite C, in Traverse City, Michigan. Food and light refreshments will be provided. Download a brochure about the training here.

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Introduction to Coastal Dynamics and Resiliency

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Featured Presentations from:
  • Harry Burkholder, Executive Director, LIAA
  • Dr. Guy Meadows, Director, Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Technological University
  • Dr. Richard Norton, Professor, University of Michigan
Additional Topics:
  • Resilience planning at work
  • How to use scenario planning and climate futures
  • Understanding and gathering coastal data
  • Mapping high-risk areas and management options
  • How to conduct vulnerability assessments

Registration

These workshops are free to attend, but we ask that you register using the following form (please submit one form for each person who will attend):