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Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, University of Wisconsin-Madison


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin



WICCI's Climate Working Group

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  • This summary of issues and impacts examines how Wisconsin's climate has changed, what the state's precipitation and temperatures could look like in the future, and strategies that Wisconsin could employ to address the climate change.
  • The 2021 WICCI Assessment Report is linked and the article is divided into sections, including the main findings, major takeaways, recommendations, and environmental and climate justice issues.
Teaching Tips


  • This article is concise and filled with engaging visuals.
  • It presents the data, connects it to local events, and provides solutions and strategies to help.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to understand the basics of global warming and the water cycle.
  • The 2021 report can be downloaded as a PDF or viewed online.


  • This article could supplement a lesson on environmental justice and how this type of oppression impacts the personal health of these communities.
  • This article could support a lesson about climate change and its connection to extreme weather events.
  • This article could enhance a classroom discussion on which states take climate change seriously, which states don't, and the implications of this discrepancy.
  • Science classes can use this article and linked report to evaluate the evidence of global warming, climate change, and the effects on Wisconsin's ecosystems and people.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) presents the findings of the Climate Working Group, includes a list of recommended strategies to respond to a changing climate, and discusses environmental and climate justice issues. This resource depends heavily on the 2021 WICCI Assessment Report and features clear text presented in text boxes and bulleted lists. Many links are provided to presentations, news reports and other resources, notably including the excellent climate spirals visualization. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1. Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CI.11–12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of an informational text and analyze how they are developed and refined over the course of a text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex account or analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
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