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Session 1: Climatic Changes in Minnesota - Ongoing Trends and Future Projections | Feb. 23rd

Hear about Minnesota's weather trends over that the last few decades to today with future projections shared. Our first two presenters were Dr. Heidi Roop, Extension Specialist in Climate Science, University of Minnesota Extension & Dr. Kenneth (“Kenny”) Blumenfeld, a climate scientist with the Minnesota State Climatology Office.

The PowerPoint slides and video recording are below.

Click below to access the PowerPoint presentation.


Dr. Heidi Roop's presentation can be made by request by sending her an email at

About Dr. Kenneth (“Kenny”) Blumenfeld

Dr. Kenneth (“Kenny”) Blumenfeld is a climate scientist with the Minnesota State Climatology Office, where he provides the state’s agencies, communities, and citizens with up-to-date and scientifically accurate information about Minnesota’s changing and variable climate, and also oversees a network of weather monitoring stations. Kenny enjoys talking to Minnesotans about their weather, and often does it long after the work day is done.


About Dr. Heidi Roop

Heidi's professional mission is to improve the reach and impact of climate science in order to engage, motivate and catalyze action around climate change. Heidi combines climate science and science communication to connect climate change information to decision-makers and communities across the Midwest, U.S., and abroad. By producing actionable, relevant climate science, Heidi helps diverse stakeholders prepare for a changing climate. Heidi aspires to be a scientist who changes how the world engages in science, with scientists.  Heidi’s climate science career has led her around the world where she has participated in research in Greenland and Antarctica to the mountains of Vietnam and New Zealand. Heidi was the Lead Scientist for Science Communication at the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and she worked as Physical Scientist at the United States Geological Survey’s Colorado Water Science Center.

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Click below to watch the recordings.

Part A: Dr. Kenneth (“Kenny”) Blumenfeld on Minnesota's Climatic Changes

Part B: Dr. Heidi Roop on Adaption & Preparedness

This work is made possible through support from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended to the Minnesota Legislature by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) and the West Central Initiative.

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