The Great Lakes — already feeling the impacts of climate change — face more threats in the coming decades, ranging from increased flooding and higher temperatures to deteriorating water quality and fluctuating lake levels.

Great lakes from space

Scientists predict the impacts will affect the ecology of the lakes, stress water infrastructure systems and pose problems for recreation. The region is already warming faster than the rest of the country.

A report released on Thursday, largely from scientists at Midwestern universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, highlight current and future impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes.

It follows other studies, including the federal government’s national climate assessment released last fall, showing how global warming is already affecting the United States.

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