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Climate change poses significant risks and impacts to communities across the Great Lakes region. Inherent in preparing for existing and anticipated changes in our climate is a need for locally relevant and highly credible data and distilled information. This scientific study integrates over-land observational data (National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI): Global Historical Climatology Network (GHCN)-monthly, GHCN-daily, & Climate Division data) with over-lake and coastal observational data from Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS)/Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) observational data. Standardizing the timestep, variables, and data structure of these various data sets will increase understanding of lake, nearshore/coastal interactions for climate adaptation efforts. The development of this standardized data suite will reduce data acquisition and processing for future researchers, creating more opportunities for applying lessons from these data sets to policy decisions, and creating a single data suite available to climate adaptation practitioners and information providers across the region.