Place: 4274 Chamberlin (refreshments will be served)
Speaker: Chris Kucharik, UW Nelson Institute
Abstract: Cleaning up the Yahara lakes is difficult because they are part of a complex system, where the needs of humans and ecosystems compete and long-term challenges, such as climate change and land use planning have many possible consequences and solutions. How can we better prepare for the future given this complexity and uncertainty? We can start with scenarios, or provocative and plausible stories that guide numerical simulations of the future. Together, these tools can help us understand how our decision-making today could impact our lakes and landscapes in the future. This presentation will cover the process and new model results that are a part of Yahara 2070, a set of scenarios created for the Yahara River watershed by the Water Sustainability and Climate Project at UW-Madison.