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Climbing Temps and Visitor Behavior: North Shore Tourism in Tomorrow’s Climate
University of Minnesota researchers will gather near Two Harbors to discuss the results of a study focused on the future of tourism with respect to the area’s projected climate. Registration is required, as space is limited. To register, contact Karen Katz, Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota — [email protected] or 651-246-0974.
This event was rescheduled due to a March snowstorm. It will focus on a study funded by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program. The project’s lead investigator Mae Davenport, associate professor of forest resources at the University of Minnesota, and her colleagues from Carleton College and North Carolina State University designed the project to help local leaders anticipate future conditions. To do this they localized a climate model and conducted a visitor survey to make inroads into understanding the relationships between visitor behavior and projected climate along Lake Superior’s North Shore. They are also developing tools to help assess plans for managing crises such as extreme weather, fires or hazardous air quality.
Erin Seekamp, associate professor of parks, recreation and tourism management from North Carolina State University, is expected to join Davenport to share project results and answer questions.