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Surging snowpack can have positive impact on salmon, slow start to wildfire season

Powerful winter storms this season have made for terrible pass travel and avalanche danger. However, scientists say this surging snowpack will do wonders for our environment. Dr. Crystal Raymond, climate adaptation specialist, is quoted. 

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Funding Opportunity: Call for Statements of Interest for NW CASC Research

The Climate Adaptation Science Center Network, made up of nine regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers serving all US states, territories and affiliated Pacific Islands, is coming together to advance climate adaptation science through its Federal Fiscal Year 2022 funding opportunity. Through this funding opportunity, an estimated $10 million may be available across the network for research to support natural and cultural resource managers making science-based, climate adaptation decisions!

As part of this effort, the NW CASC is seeking proposals for Northwest climate adaptation research. Proposed projects should focus on developing scientific information and products that can be directly applied to the following resource management priorities, either locally or broadly across landscapes in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and western Montana:

Management of Invasive Species and Diseases under Future Climate Scenarios
Management of Shrubland Ecosystems under Future Climate Scenarios
Managing Climate-driven, Post-fire Ecological Transformation

Individuals from the following eligible organizations may submit proposals as the lead Principal Investigator: 

Members of the NW CASC Consortium (Boise State University, Oregon State University, University of Montana, University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University)
USGS centers, field stations, laboratories, Cooperative Research Units, etc.

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NW CASC Seeks Postdoc Focused on Fire & Climate

Are you a researcher interested in the nexus of climate change and wildfire? The University of Washington, in partnership with the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) and the University of Montana, is searching for a talented scientist with an interest in climate-fire-ecosystem dynamics and associated natural resource management in the Northwestern US and a passion for delivering research that informs decision-making!

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Request for Qualifications: Seeking artist for commissioned piece on climate resilience

Call Summary

The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group is seeking qualifications for a two-dimensional visual art piece depicting climate resilience in the Northwest. This call is open to emerging artists located in the Northwestern United States. We define emerging artists as artists who have not received a commission greater than $10,000 or do not have commercial gallery representation.

Applications are due Monday, February 22. The selected artist will be announced in late March. The selected artist must complete their work by June 30, 2021, and present their work at a celebration for the Climate Impacts Group’s 25th anniversary at the end of June or in early July (exact date to be determined). 

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Amy Snover to Moderate 1/29 Panel on Climate Migration

Climate Impacts Group Director Amy Snover will moderate a panel on climate migration Friday, January 29, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The panel will feature three University of Washington professors; Sara Curran, of the Department of Sociology; Jeremy Hess, of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences; and Nathalie Williams, of Sociology. Learn more about the panelists and the event on the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences’ website.

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The panel will build on a day-long workshop on climate migration hosted by the Climate Impacts Group in 2016. 

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NW CASC 2021-2022 Research Fellowship Program Request for Proposals

The NW CASC is accepting proposals for their 2021-22 Research Fellowship Program through March 15, 2021. This program supports research related to climate adaptation in Northwest natural and cultural resource management and training in the principles and practices of developing decision-relevant science during the 2021-2022 academic year. Learn more and apply on their website.

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January 27 Virtual Panel Line-up Announced

We are very excited to host Soo Ing-Moody, Nuin-Tara Key, David Reidmiller and Don Sampson for our January 27 lecture: Building Climate Resilience During COVID-19 Recovery. These experts on climate impacts science and policy – representing different levels of government and a range of geographies – will discuss how we can leverage the period of economic and social recovery following COVID-19 to build resilience to climate change.

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This event is the second of three lectures marking the 25th anniversary of the Climate Impacts Group. The first lecture is available to view on our website; the third lecture will be held online on March 30. 

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For Tribes, Climate Change Fight is About Saving Culture

As climate change threatens salmon populations and other natural resources, the Tulalip Tribes are expanding efforts to protect land and water that are integral to their identity. Senior Scientist Meade Krosby is quoted.

 

  

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Director’s Corner: Expressing Gratitude at the End of a Long Year

We are coming to the end of a challenging year. This time last year, none of us could have imagined what 2020 would look like. A pandemic that would bring heartbreaking death, loss and broken dreams; widespread civil unrest in response to ongoing racial injustice and police violence; and unprecedented Western wildfires with a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season. Many of us, including the Climate Impacts Group team, struggled with the challenges of working from home while raising and schooling children, while many others lost their jobs or risked everything to keep them.

In my October blog post I mentioned turning to gratitude during these difficult times. 

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Stories of Building Climate Resilience Lecture Available to View

From Cliffs to Coasts: Stories of Building Climate Resilience, originally held live on Zoom on December 3, combines storytelling and panel discussions to highlight examples of communities and organizations building climate resilience in the Northwestern United States and Canada. Climate Impacts Group partners and scientists discuss efforts to prepare for rising sea levels and ensure wildlife across the Pacific Northwest have access to suitable habitat.

This lecture is one in a three-part series of events marking the 25th anniversary of the Climate Impacts Group. The second and third lectures will be held online in January and March, 2021. For more information and to register for these events, visit the 25th anniversary event page

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