Educational Materials

Climate and Health Adaptation Planning Guide for Michigan Communities

Developed by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Service's Michigan Climate and Health Program (MICHAP) with the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction and MSU Extension, this guide was created to be accessible and flexible for the unique situations of communities across the state. 

Front cover of the guidebook.

Climate and Health Adaptation Planning Guide for Michigan Communities

October 2, 2020

This guide is intended to help communities in Michigan and across the Great Lakes Region develop a climate and health adaptation plan or to integrate climate and health concepts into existing initiatives.


Marquette Area Climate and Health Adaptation Guidebook

The Marquette Area Climate and Health Adaptation Guidebook is the result of work in coordination with the Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program (MICHAP) of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Guidebooks are the work of Michigan State University (MSU) School of Planning Design, and Construction and MSU Extension and do not necessarily represent the official views of MDHHS.

The guidebook is structured in three volumes. Each is intended to stand alone as a resource but also build upon each other to provide a detailed accounting of the process and results.

 Additional Educational Resources

Below are useful resources you can explore for your own personal use or integrate into your current programming. Explore:

MSU Extension Climate and Agriculture 

Agriculture and Weather Variability in the Corn Belt fact sheet series

Climate Change and Forestry Resources

Forests are naturally dynamic ecosystems that constantly change. Humans exert multiple additional pressures on forests through management, introduction of exotic species, contributing to high deer populations, parcelization and fragmentation, benign neglect and the loss of forest industry, as well as climate change. These factors, and others, are interdependent and affect different forests in different ways. Changing climate patterns will undoubtedly contribute to shifts in forest composition, structure and function. However, climate change probably will not be among the major change factors for the next couple of decades. Forest ecosystems underlie much of the rural Michigan economy and support one of the largest state manufacturing sectors. A wide range of ecosystems services (e.g. water, habitat, soil development etc.) are heavily forest dependent. Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Professionals (ANREP) Climate Science Initiative

Additional Research-based Climate Resources:

Presentations and reports from MSU faculty and staff

Informational Videos