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CIG Scientist Harriet Morgan to present in Washington Sea Grant/EarthLab event

Building Resilience to Sea Level Rise Through Science Innovation and Community Engagement

Date: Tuesday, May 11
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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Harriet Morgan of the Climate Impacts Group will join Washington Sea Grant’s Ian Miller and Nicole Faghin in this virtual webinar to discuss their work as part of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project. They will delve into the hazards people living in Washington’s coastal areas face – ranging from nuisance flooding during King Tide events, eroding coastlines and wave damage – and how sea level rise is exacerbating these hazards. They will detail how incorporating sea level rise projections into the decision-making process will help Washington communities build resilience to coastal hazards, and how the Washington Coastal Resilience Project employed technical innovations and community engagement to rapidly increase the state’s capacity to support proactive local action on these hazards. 

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CIG launches new tool and webinar for climate-smart stormwater design

The UW Climate Impacts Group has released an online tool to help stormwater and wastewater managers in the Northwest design and operate with climate change in mind. Developed in collaboration with the City of Portland, City of Gresham and Clackamas County, all in Oregon — and building on previous collaborations in Washington State — the tool provides new localized projections of changing heavy rain events through the end of the 21st century.

Interested in learning more about how to use the tool? Join UW Climate Impacts Group scientists Harriet Morgan and Guillaume Mauger and King County’s Bob Swarner for an informational webinar in May. 

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Register Today For Upcoming NW CASC Webinar on Cultural Burning and Collaborative Fire Research and Management

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center is hosting a three-part webinar series centering tribal perspectives on fire management. The first webinar in the series will be held Tuesday, April 27, 11 a.m. PT.

USFS Research Scientist Dr. Frank Lake will discuss the historical context of cultural burning, clarify misconceptions about cultural burning, and present a decolonizing framework for fire management as a grounding for modern approaches to collaborative fire management that achieve shared values and resource objectives. 

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UW Climate Impacts Group scientists present at NWCC

The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group is hosting the 11th annual, first-time virtual Northwest Climate Conference from April 6 to April 8 – and several members of the team are presenting their work, as well!

For over a decade, this conference has provided a networking and learning community for practitioners, scientists, tribal members and community organizers interested in climate change impacts and adaptation in the Northwest. The NWCC is committed to supporting equitable climate adaptation outcomes and building equity and diversity in climate science, policy, and adaptation practice.

If you’re attending, don’t miss presentations from UW Climate Impacts Group research scientists. 

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The Next Twenty-Five Years: Building a Climate-Resilient Future

We are excited to present the video recording of our third and final virtual lecture in our 25th anniversary series – The Next 25 Years: Building a Climate-Resilient Future. 

This event highlighted Climate Impacts Group scientists and staff sharing their vision for the future. We aimed to inspire, ignite and unite our scientists, partners and community members in working toward a climate-resilient future. 

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This packed event featured:

A conversation between…

Dr. Amy Snover, director, Climate Impacts Group

Chip Giller, founder, Grist

Presentations by Climate Impacts Group scientists…

Andrew Shirk, research scientist

Dr. Crystal Raymond, climate adaptation specialist

Erica Asinas, research scientist

                                

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New Resource for Water and Drought Management: 2020 PNW Water Year Assessment

The 2020 Pacific Northwest Water Year Assessment summarizes the water year conditions and connects these conditions with impacts experienced by farmers, water managers, fisheries managers, and more. This assessment was developed in conjunction with the annual water year meeting in October 2020. The authors will develop a similar assessment each year as part of the water year review and they hope it will serve as a resource for managing drought and other climate-related impacts.

Two of the lead authors on the report – Crystal Raymond and Karin Bumbaco – are from the UW Climate Impacts Group and the Office of the Washington State Climatologist, respectively. 

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Register Today for the Northwest Climate Conference

Registration for the 2021 Northwest Climate Conference, taking place April 6-8, is now available! You can register here for either general registration ($150), student registration ($25), or apply to be considered for a full scholarship.

This conference is for everyone working to build a climate-resilient Northwest. It has provided a learning and networking community for practitioners, scientists, community organizers, tribal members and others interested in climate change for over a decade. Please review the agenda and list of lightning talks that will be available, and keep an eye on our website for more details regarding plenary speakers, youth presentations, networking opportunities and more. 

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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. 

Read the article from KOMO News

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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