How could climate change and our response to it affect the Great Lakes’ water quality? That’s the primary question a team of 27 researchers from across the University of Michigan and collaborators at other institutions will answer with a new $5-million grant from the National Science Foundation. The researchers will focus on extreme weather events caused by climate change.
“The suspicion is that climate change will have negative impacts on water quality,” said Anna Michalak, principal investigator. “Climate change is expected to bring about more extreme precipitation events, which will cause pulses of water and whatever it’s bringing with it, including nutrients, pesticides and sediment. It’s these episodic events that can have a significant impact on the water quality.”