Amy Snover , Ph.D.

Director Climate Impacts Group
University Director Northwest Climate Science Center
Assistant Dean for Applied Research College of the Environment
Affiliate Associate Professor School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Amy works to connect science and decision-making to tackle today's pressing environmental challenges. She aims to support the development of regional resilience to climate variability and change by harnessing science to address the real needs of resource managers, planners and policymakers.

Areas of Expertise

Climate Adaptation & Decision Making Climate Dynamics Vulnerability Assessment

Bio

Amy Snover is Assistant Dean for Applied Research in the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, Director of the UW Climate Impacts Group, University Director of the Northwest Climate Science Center and Affiliate Associate Professor in the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. She leads the Climate Impacts Group’s efforts to provide the fundamental scientific understanding, data, tools, and guidance necessary for managing the climate risks facing the people, communities, and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Snover supports the development of regional resilience to climate variability and change by harnessing science in support of the real needs of resource managers, planners and policy makers. She works with a broad range of stakeholders to develop guidance for science-based climate risk management, identify research priorities and evaluate response alternatives. Dr. Snover was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy in 2015 and served as co-convening lead author for the Third US National Climate Assessment and lead author of the ground-breaking 2007 guidebook, Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments. Current areas of research include defining successful climate change adaptation, exploring the role of cities in climate resilience and identifying the time of emergence of management-relevant aspects of climate change. Dr. Snover has a B.A. in Chemistry magna cum laude from Carleton College and a Ph.D. in Analytical/Environmental Chemistry from the University of Washington.

Research Interests

  • Identifying the time of emergence of management-relevant aspects of climate change
  • Defining successful climate change adaptation
  • Exploring the role of cities in climate resilience

Recent Publications

Mauger, G.S., J.H. Casola, H. Morgan, R.L. Strauch, B. Jones, B. Curry, T.M. Busch Isaksen, L. Whitely Binder, M.B. Krosby, and A.K. Snover, 2015. State of Knowledge: Climate Change in Puget Sound. Report prepared for the Puget Sound Partnership and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. doi:10.7915/CIG93777D

Snover, A.K., M. Alexander, N.J. Mantua, J.S. Littell, M. McClure, J. Nye, 2013. Choosing and using climate-change scenarios for ecological-impact assessments and conservation decisions, Conservation Biology 27(6): 1147-1157. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12163

McClure, M., M.A. Alexander, D. Borggaard, D. Boughton, L.G. Crozier, R. Griffis, J.C. Jorgensen, S.T. Lindley, J. Nye, M.J. Rowland, E.E. Seney, A.K. Snover, C. Toole, and K. van Houtan. 2013. Incorporating climate science in applications of the U.S. Endangered Species Act for aquatic species. Conservation Biology 27(6): 1222-1233. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12166

Mote, P.W., A.K. Snover, S.M. Capalbo, S. Eigenbrode, P. Glick, J.S. Littell, R. Raymondi, and S. Reeder, 2014. Northwest, Chapter 21 of J.M. Melillo, T.C. Richmond, and G.W. Yohe, Eds.,Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, 841 pp. doi:10.7930/J0Z31WJ2