Additional Resources and Meetings

Crispy green apples: Midwest CHU Newsletter, Webinars and Meetings info

For the most up to date newsletters, research publications and events, check out the Midwest Climate Hub Additional Resources page. Access to the Midwest Climate Hub archives and additional Tools can be found here as well.

Midwest CHU

The Midwest CHU (Climate Hub Update) quarterly newsletter covers any climate highlights that have arisen over the three months prior to publication including climate stories, climate change resources, the Midwest Focused Climate Outlook, and up and coming conferences and workshops our readers may be interested in. The Climate Hub welcomes any ideas you would want to share to a wider audience relating to climate in the Midwest Region. For archived newsletters please select here.

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Publications and Research Papers

Vulnerability Assessment of US Agriculture and Forests developed by the USDA Climate Hubs (Climatic Change Volume 146, Issue 1-2, January 2018)

Vulnerability of Grain Crops and Croplands in the Midwest to Climatic Variability and Adaptation Strategies

Do Advisors Perceive Climate Change as an Agricultural Risk? An in-depth examination of Midwestern U.S. Ag advisors' views on drought, climate change, and risk management 

USDA Midwest and Northern Forests Regional Climate Hub: Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies (2015)

Adaptation Resources for Agriculture: Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Midwest and Northeast

Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles

Specialty Crop Focus

Climate Change Impacts on the Potential Distribution and Abundance of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) With Special Reference to North America and Europe

Vulnerability of specialty crops to short-term climatic variability and adaptation strategies in the Midwestern USA

Specialty Crop Growers' Views and Priorities to Manage Uncertainty in Production Systems: Specialty crops include many kinds of vegetable and fruit plants and trees, each with their own environmental preferences to thrive and be productive. These perennial and annual crops have high levels of sensitivities to the timing and distribution of temperature (frost and high heat), excess water, prolonged periods of wetness and drought, high winds, hail, and long term shifts in climate. Specialty crop growers know that their local weather and climate are the key to productive and profitable crops; and they track their local weather daily and over time to manage their crops. To better understand how growers perceive weather-based uncertainties and the impacts of variable weather on annual and longer-term production, we conducted seven face-to-face meetings with 106 US specialty crop growers and their advisors. The six technical reports below present conceptual maps and priority rankings of the concerns some US growers expressed in 2015 and 2016.

Happening Around the Region

Monthly North Central U.S. Climate and Drought Update Webinar Series

This is a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and climate partners monthly briefing that covers the region from the Rockies to the Great Lakes.  Subject matter includes a summary of past and current conditions in terms of many climate variables like snowpack, temperatures, precipitation, etc...  In addition, potential and ongoing impacts from climate phenomena will be  considered across sectors (agriculture, water resources, etc...).  Finally, outlook information from two weeks to the next few months/seasons will be discussed. To sign up for these webinars, please go to: 

Note you only need to sign up once to be included in the current and following webinars. The dates of the 2019 webinars are:

Thu, Apr 18, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Thu, May 16, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Thu, Jun 20, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Thu, Jul 18, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Thu, Aug 15, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Thu, Sep 19, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Thu, Oct 17, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Thu, Nov 21, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST

Thu, Dec 19, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST