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King County launches beta-version GIS Open Data

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks released a beta-version of a tool illustrating the effects of climate change on the Puget Sound region. The highly technical tool uses spatial data (via GIS, or Geographic Information Systems), to visualize how specific climate impacts may affect communities, infrastructure, facilities and natural resources. The portal draws on data from the Climate Impacts Group’s 2015 report on climate change in Puget Sound, and is designed for professionals trained in geographic information systems.

The tool is being developed to support analysis needed by city planners, resource managers and other professionals in preparing for and adapting to the effects of climate change. 

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Covering your climate: A source toolbox for climate change reporting in the emerald corridor

A comprehensive list of resources for reporting on climate change in the Pacific Northwest. The Climate Impacts Group is mentioned as a resource, as well as our 2013 State of Knowledge Report and Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources.  

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Covering your climate: Pacific Northwest rides adaptation wave

A roundup of potential stories about climate adaptation for PNW journalists. Research by the Climate Impacts Group aimed at understanding and mitigating the effects of climate change on wildlife habitat is referenced. “One of the most important stories you can cover in your community is how local institutions are preparing to adapt to more-destructive wildfire seasons, increased flooding, landslides and myriad other effects of a warming climate in the Pacific Northwest,” the article says. 

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Emissions have reduced among COVID-19

The Pacific Northwest is seeing reduced carbon emissions thanks to COVID-19, but experts say we shouldn’t expect it to last after the pandemic is over. Amy Snover, director of the UW Climate Impacts Group, is interviewed. A slightly different version of this story appeared on Facebook, view it here.  

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Pacific Northwest may see temporary drop in emissions due to social distancing

Social distancing due to COVID-19 may lower carbon emissions temporarily. Director Amy Snover is interviewed for this King5 piece. The motivation to rebuild more sustainable systems in the wake of the pandemic may be the “silver lining out of a very black cloud,” she says. 

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WWII-era ‘victory gardens’ make a comeback amid coronavirus

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Washington gardeners are creating victory gardens — symbols of self-reliance, food production and community resilience not seen since wartime. Meade Krosby, senior scientist, discusses the relationship between the gardens and community and individual resilience.  

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Plan for Climate Resilience Announced for Washington State

A recent report from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) details the steps that can be taken to minimize the threat of climate change on local farms, forests, and communities. Dr. Crystal Raymond, climate adaptation specialist, is quoted. “The potential impacts of climate change can seem dire, but the consequences for our natural systems, economies, and local communities don’t have to be,” Dr. Raymond said. “The sooner we collectively act to plan for and manage climate risks, the better prepared we will all be.” 

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Amy Snover to speak at UW panel on science communication

What’s the value of scientists communicating about their own research? How can scientists best partner with communications professionals? CIG Director Amy Snover and several other UW experts will discuss these questions and more at a University of Washington College of the Environment panel on Wednesday, March 4. The panel will also feature Michelle Ma, assistant director of UW News and David Montgomery, professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences.  Molly McCarthy, managing director of marketing and communications for College of the Environment, will moderate.

This panel is part of a series of events bringing together University of Washington faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students who want to explore and engage in science communication and outreach. 

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Puget Sound’s ‘warm snow’ makes region vulnerable to climate shifts

Harriet Morgan, research consultant with the Climate Impacts Group, is interviewed for this article on how decreasing snowpack in the mountains stands to affect humans and wildlife. “We are experiencing a change in the fundamental characteristics of our hydrology,” Morgan says. “We are going to have more water in winter when we don’t need it and less water in summer when we do.” 

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Covering Your Climate: An A-to-Z Guide to Emerald Corridor Climate Impacts

The Climate Impacts Group is mentioned as a resource for understanding climate impacts in the Pacific Northwest. 

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