Climate Data Community of Practice

Community of Practice Overview

The Climate Data Community of Practice (CoP) was started by the Climate Program at the Minnesota Department of Health with the aim to increase Minnesotans' capacity for using climate projection data and climate resiliency. In 2021, MCAP assumed leadership of the CoP and is currently evaluating feedback from CoP members for schedule recurring meetings with interaction experts, opportunities for knowledge exchange and showcasing exemplar climate data case studies. If you would like to participate in future CoP gatherings, please sign up for MCAP's listserv. 

Recent Meeting Highlights

The last CoP meeting was held virtually on August 12, 2021 with 86 people in attendance. Attendees represented city, county and state government staff, university researchers and staff,  non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.Survey responses indicated growth in membership and interest from new audiences.  72% of attendees were first-time attendees of the CoP, while 60% of attendees indicated that they attended because they wanted to learn about relevant climate data resources, research, and case studies.

Dr. Brenda Hoppe opened the meeting by summarizing past CoP meetings, and Dr. Suzi Clark summarized a recent survey designed to understand climate projection data needs and uses in Minnesota (see below). Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld gave a tutorial on the Minnesota Climate Explorer Tool, and Dr. Heidi Roop shared exciting news about an upcoming project for downscaled climate projections, funded by the state of Minnesota.

Future CoP meetings are in the works. Please monitor this page or sign-up for our listserv to stay informed about future gatherings. 

Meeting Hosts

Dr. Heidi Roop, University of Minnesota
Dr. Brenda Hoppe, Minnesota Department of Health
Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Dr. Suzi Clark, University of Minnesota

Shared Resources

Climate Projection Data for Minnesota - Survey Summary

Climate Projection Data for Minnesota - Infographic

High-Resolution Climate Projections for Minnesota

Minnesota Climate Explorer Tool