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Yahara Lakes 101 with Steve Vavrus

September 11, 2019 @ 3:00 am 4:00 am

Yahara Lakes 101

Yahara Lakes 101: Climate Change & Lake Impacts

Join us at Yahara Lakes 101 to learn about important issues impacting our lakes!

About the talk

Our climate is changing. But what are the impacts of climate change on our local communities, individual lives, and lakes?

In this month’s Yahara Lakes 101 talk, we’ll hear from Steve Vavrus of the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies about the impacts of ongoing climate change on our lakes. Although lakes provide recreation, ecosystem services, and a sense of place to many Wisconsin residents, they are at risk. This presentation will highlight effects on our lakes including lake levels, ice cover, water quality, and invasive species.

About our speaker

Steve Vavrus is a Senior Scientist in the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also the faculty program coordinator of the Yahara Watershed Academy. Steve uses computer climate models to understand how climate is changing across the Earth, including Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. Extreme weather events are an important theme of his research, particularly how they might be affected by climate change. Steve serves as co-director of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) and is a member of its Climate Working Group. He has a long-standing interest in lake ice and has modeled how weather and climate variations affect ice cover on our Madison-area lakes.

Event Details

This event is at The Edgewater. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy your coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m. Complimentary event parking will be available at The Edgewater.

Admission is FREE for 2019 Friends of Clean Lakes and Lake Partners. If you are not a Friend or Lake Partner, admission is $10 per event. Online registration for each event is requested for all attendees.

Yahara Lakes 101 Science Café

Yahara Lakes 101 is a series of educational events open to the public and a great chance for residents to learn more about the science behind the issues that affect our lakes. Each month we feature a different expert to make the science accessible and interesting to non-technical audiences.

The series is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with presenting sponsors First Weber Foundation and Johnson Financial Group, hosting sponsor The Edgewater Madison, supporting sponsor National Guardian Life Insurance Company, and media partner the Isthmus.

Thank you to our monthly sponsor Alliant Energy for supporting this month’s Yahara Lakes 101 Science Café! 

Thank You Sponsors!


September 11, 2019
3:00 am – 4:00 am
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