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Teaching the teachers how to teach kids about climate science

CIG’s Heidi Roop was featured in the Seattle Times for her work sharing regional climate science with classrooms across Washington state as part of CIG’s partnership with WA Green Schools on Washington’s innovative ClimeTime program. The program is implemented by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and includes Washington Green Schools, the University of Washington and the State Board of Education, among others. 

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Tribes are harnessing cutting-edge data to adapt to the climate crisis

An article in Indian Country Today profiles the Climate Impacts Group’s new Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources and includes comment by project PI, Meade Krosby. 

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Climate Impacts Group Welcomes New Deputy Director

The Climate Impacts Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Jason Vogel to the team as our Deputy Director. Jason joins us after twelve successful years as a consultant at Stratus Consulting and Abt Associates where he helped local, state, federal, and international clients adapt to climate change.

Throughout his career, Jason has led many complex interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research teams, including a recent two-year research project on the state of climate adaptation practice with The Kresge Foundation. This project involved engaging over 50 thought leaders to provide comprehensive recommendations for how community champions can take concrete adaptation actions in their own communities. 

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2020 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference Call for Sessions Now Open

The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is now accepting session proposals for the 2020 conference that will be held in Vancouver, B.C. from April 19-22nd, 2020. Proposals are due July 12th, 2019. For more information visit the conference website.

The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference brings together scientists, researchers, decision-makers, managers and knowledge-holders from First Nations and Tribes, agencies, community organizations, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Participants present the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem, share information about the application of knowledge from science and other sources, and guide future actions for protecting and restoring the Salish Sea Ecosystem. 

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Panel Event: Communicating Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest – May 20th

Join us on May 20th at 6PM for a panel conversation with regional journalists and CIG’s Lead Scientist for Science Communication, Heidi Roop. This event is sponsored by the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement and the Department of Communication.

Sea level rise, warming temperatures, and record-breaking wildfires are among the most obvious threats climate change presents to the Pacific Northwest. How we meet these threats will have a profound impact on the future of the region.

Communication around these issues poses a unique set of challenges: journalism business models continue to struggle, while public trust in news institutions has dipped significantly, and well-funded climate change denial campaigns still muddy debate. 

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CIG, WA Sea Grant & ESS Receive Outstanding Community Impact Award

A team of researchers and communication experts from the Climate Impacts Group, Washington Sea Grant and UW Earth and Space Sciences were recipients of the 2018-2019 “Outstanding Community Impact” Award granted by the College of the Environment. The award acknowledges the teams recent work on assessing the impacts of sea level rise on coastal communities across Washington state as part of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project.

Award Recipients: 

Ian Miller, WSG
Guillaume Mauger, CIG
Harriet Morgan, CIG
Paul Dye, WSG
Nicole Faghin, WSG
Heidi Roop, CIG
Crystal Raymond, CIG
MaryAnn Wagner, WSG
David Schmidt, ESS
Mark Welch, ESS

Their nominators from the Washington Sea Grant and the Climate Impacts Group offered the following insights on the team’s work across the state:

“These outstanding scientists, planners and communication specialists have worked collaboratively and creatively with partners…and provided the clarity and detail necessary to communicate the significance of sea level rise to our community.”

“Within and beyond UW, the project brought together a diverse group of students, faculty and government scientists to address a common problem, deepening collaborations across academic and institutional borders.”

“The team has been instrumental in helping forecast sea level rise, open a dialogue with the public around climate change, and incorporate the emerging scientific data into our planning and construction projects.” 

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Upcoming Amplify Event: Creating fruitful collaborations

Join us for the upcoming Amplify event “Creating fruitful collaborations – leaving the deficit model for the engagement model”. This panel features researchers who have built rich relationships with various communities, and how those relationships shape the questions and science they pursue. RSVP here.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Vista Café, Foege Genome Sciences

Gordon Holtgrieve, Assistant Professor, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Meade Krosby, Senior Scientist, Climate Impacts Group & Deputy Director, Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center
Kate Litle, Assistant Director for Programs, Washington Sea Grant

Moderated by Ben Packard, executive director, EarthLab 

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How $6.2 million could be used to help fish, protect Whatcom communities from floods

A $6.2 million infusion of state dollars will allow Whatcom County to move forward on a project to improve habitat in the Nooksack River as well as protect farms and communities from floodwaters. Science produced by the Climate Impacts Group, which is featured in this story, provides the important scientific underpinning for project like these that are working to increase resilience to climate change across Washington state. 

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Abstracts now accepted for 10th Annual Northwest Climate Conference

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 10th Annual Northwest Climate Conference that will be held in Portland, OR from October 8-10th, 2019. Abstracts are due June 7th, 2019 at 11:59PM (PT).

The Northwest Climate Conference provides a unique opportunity to learn from and connect with a diverse community of experts fostering a more climate resilient Northwest. The event brings together practitioners, scientists, tribal communities, and decision-makers to share knowledge, ideas, and best practices related to climate change science, impacts, and adaptation in the Pacific Northwest. Topics include drought, wildfire, extreme events, coastal flooding, human and ecosystem health, and resiliency planning. 

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Climate Impacts Group at the National Adaptation Forum

Several of CIG’s researchers and staff will be heading to the National Adaptation Forum from April 23-25th, 2019 in Madison, WI to share about a range of the adaptation-related work underway across the Pacific Northwest and United States. If you are at NAF, be sure to check out the exciting range of presentations, sessions and workshops that include members of the CIG team:

Tuesday, April 23rd

Adapting to wildfire in non-fire adapted forest systems Madison Ballroom C | Concurrent Session 1

Crystal Raymond, UW Climate Impacts Group & Lara Whitely-Binder, King County

Identifying riparian climate corridors to inform climate adaptation planning  Madison Ballroom C | Concurrent Session 2

Meade Krosby, UW Climate Impacts Group and NW Climate Adaptation Science Center

Wednesday, April 24th

Sailing the Resilience Seas – hands-on training with new tools for every step of the resilience journey

Hall of Ideas F | Indigenuity Session 3

Meade Krosby, UW Climate Impacts Group and NW Climate Adaptation Science Center

Beyond the Literature Review: Putting Climate Adaptation Syntheses to Work for Managers

Madison Ballroom C | Lunch Session

Nicole DeCrappeo NW Climate Adaptation Science Center; Amy Snover, UW Climate Impacts Group and NW Climate Adaptation Science Center & Rachel Gregg, EcoAdapt

Bridging the Science-Practice Divide: Washington’s Sea Level Rise Planning Toolkit

Concurrent Sessions 4 | Meeting Rooms KLOP

Harriet Morgan, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Ian Miller, Washington Sea Grant, Guillaume Mauger, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Nicole Faghin, Washington Sea Grant, Crystal Raymond, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Heidi Roop, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Robert Norheim, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Tish Conway-Cranos, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Climate Conversations with Water Sector Engineers: Building Trusted, Credible Sources of Climate Change Information

Concurrent Sessions 5 | Hall of Ideas I

Kavita Heyn, Portland Water Bureau, Heidi Roop, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group 

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