Study Highlights Climate Change Sensitivity

By KBJR News 1

August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 6:18 PM CDT

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- New research shows that populations near Lake Superior are classified as extra sensitive to climate change.

The study, done in part by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, puts the Duluth-Superior region in this category. It looked at close to 20 different variables in the 28 natural estuary research reserves within the United States.

"It shows that our area is a little more highly sensitive than the other reserves," said Becky Sapper, the acting reserve manager in the Twin Ports.

After sorting through census data and gauging how dependent the Duluth-Superior region is on natural resources, the study concludes the Twin Ports is vulnerable to change.

"This is an opportunity for us as a community to look at potential planning processes for scenarios down the road."

The study also analyzed physical sensitivity, but there wasn't enough research on the Twin Ports estuary to come to a conclusion.