Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership

The Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership uses the IPCC's definition of adaptation: "The process of adjustment to actual or expected climate and its effects. In human systems, adaptation seeks to moderate or avoid harm or exploit beneficial opportunities. In some natural systems, human intervention may facilitate adjustment to expected climate and its effects."


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Climate Adaptation Webinars

In the face of a changing climate, Minnesotans are responding with innovative and collective efforts. To highlight these efforts, the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) will be hosting a series of webinars about climate adaptation and resilience in Minnesota. These webinars will focus on knowledge, tools, and case studies from local leaders.                                  

Webinars will be held from 12:00-1:00pm on the third Tuesday of each month.

August 12, 2021

MDH/MCAP Climate Data Community of Practice Meeting
1:00 pm

For the month of August, in lieu of the regularly scheduled MCAP webinar, we encourage webinar attendees to participate in the Minnesota Climate Data Community of Practice meeting. The community seeks to build capacity for using climate projection data to increase climate resiliency for Minnesotans. This month, the meeting will include a tutorial on how to use the Minnesota Climatology Office's Climate Explorer Tool, as well as updates on recently acquired funding for even higher resolution climate projections. Join us after the presentations for a brief discussion to brainstorm how to keep moving this community forward.

July 20, 2021

Joint MCAP and Twin Ports Climate Conversation

The Twin Ports Climate Conversations are designed for anyone interested in participating in a community conversation about climate change and community preparedness and response. Conversations focus on perspectives of climate change impacts, adaptation responses, and opportunities for building community resilience and mitigation. The conversations are organized, coordinated, and facilitated by staff from Minnesota Sea Grant, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and other community organizations.

June 15, 2021

Adaptation and Natural Climate Solutions for Minnesota
Meredith Cornett, The Nature Conservancy

Recent science has demonstrated the potential of natural and working lands to contribute to climate mitigation across the globe. We call this potential Natural Climate Solutions—the ability of forests, grasslands and wetlands to draw down carbon from the atmosphere through the process of photosynthesis.

May 18, 2021

Building Resilience in Southern Washington County
John Loomis, South Washington Watershed District

In this presentation Loomis will discuss the planning effort, program changes, and several project examples that SWWD and its partners have completed to build resilience in infrastructure and resources of southern Washington County.

April 20, 2021
Rochester Minnesota Sustainability and Resilence Task Force
Lauren Jensen, Sustainability Coordinator, Community Development Department

Jensen will be talking about Rochester's Sustainability and Resilience Task Force, which received the 2020 Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership Award for their work to represent and deliberately seek a diverse spectrum of voices and expertise, and consider lenses of equity, sustainability, and resilience in their work. The goal of the task force is to develop an Action Plan for the Rochester community with five main focus areas: City for Health, Accessible Transportation, Climate Change Resilience, Vibrant Neighborhoods, and Resilient Economy 

March 16, 2021
Climate Solutions from Continuous Living Cover Agriculture
Don Wyse and Nick Jordan, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics and Forever Green Initiative, UMN-TC

Robust and diversified living vegetative cover--across seasons and agricultural landscapes--appears key to providing robust climate solutions (adaptation and mitigation) from agriculture. The Forever Green project is a public/private/NGO partnership, spanning the Midwest, that is working to create a market-driven pathway to such vegetative cover, and to thereby provide robust climate solutions. Specifically, Forever Green is developing and commercializing a portfolio of new crops and cropping systems that integrate with current agriculture to create continuous living cover agriculture. We will describe Forever Green's work, including new crops and systems, and our strategies for scaling continuous living cover agriculture as a climate solution. 

Past webinar recordings

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Minnesota Climate Adaptation Awards

The Minnesota Climate Adaptation Awards, presented by the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP), recognize and celebrate exceptional achievements in leadership, education, research, policies, and practices that improve resilience and develop, advance, or implement climate adaptation strategies. 

PDF icon2021 Award Recipients

AWARD CATEGORIES                                                    

INDIVIDUAL: Any individual who has offered significant leadership, provided education, developed or implemented strategies, conducted research, or otherwise made an impact in the field of climate adaptation in Minnesota. Contributions of emerging or established leaders should demonstrate advancement of climate adaptation, with depth in one focus area or across a breadth of audiences or disciplines.

BUSINESS: Any private sector, for-profit business or company that has implemented significant practices, programs, projects, or policies to advance climate adaptation in Minnesota.

*ORGANIZATION: Any non-profit, team, community of faith, youth group, neighborhood association,local government unit, state or federal agency, tribal nation, educational institution,or similar entity that has achieved significant progress or implemented practices or projects that advance climate adaptation in Minnesota.

*PARTNERSHIP: Any collection of individuals, organizations or businesses that have collectively worked together to achieve significant progress in climate adaptation or have implemented practices or projects that advance climate adaptation in Minnesota.

*Indicates new or revised category for this year.

Climate Adaptation Awards Highlights

2020 Climate Conference Resources

Climate Projection Data for MN

A recent survey was distributed by the State of Minnesota Resilience and Adaptation Action Team and MCAP to understand needs, uses, and trusted sources of climate projection data across different sectors in Minnesota. This document and infographic summarize our findings and outline a set of recommendations for increasing the availability and usability of climate projection data in Minnesota.

PDF iconFull Report: Climate Projection Data for Minnesota

PDF iconInfographics: Climate Projection Data Needs in Minnesota 

2021 Conference Resources