- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A newly awarded federal grant will pay for another five years of research on dealing with climate change in the Great Lakes area.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is providing $3.65 million for the project, which involves scientists at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. It’s called the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments program.

Over the past five years, the program has helped more than 50 organizations investigate how a warming global climate will affect the region and ways communities can respond.

It also has helped develop Web-based tools that enable local leaders to study projected climate trends and identify how their economies and infrastructure are vulnerable. And there’s a database with more than 550 strategies that towns and cities can use to adapt.

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