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Upcoming Webinar to Feature New CIG Research | November 16th 1-2 PM PDT

This week’s North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative Science Management Webinar will feature recent research from CIG’s Se-Yeun Lee and NOAA’s Aimee Fullerton. Join Aimee & Se-Yeun to learn more about their recent study which analyzed water temperature for 6,106 km of rivers and evaluated the characteristics of cold-water habitat for Pacific salmon and steelhead.

Title: Incorporating Spatial Heterogeneity in Temperature into Climate Vulnerability Assessments for Coastal Pacific Stream
When: November 16th, 2017 at 1:00-2:00 PM PDT
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Water temperature, a key driver of ecological processes in aquatic environments, is expected to warm as a result of climate change, stressing stream biota. 

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EarthLab is hiring!

Join the growing EarthLab team! EarthLab is hiring a part-time (50% FTE) Executive Assistant to provide professional executive-level support to our Executive Director. Preference will be given to applications received by November 15th, 2017.

About EarthLab

EarthLab is a new initiative stewarded by the College of the Environment which supports application-focused interdisciplinary collaboration across and beyond the University of Washington. EarthLab focuses on addressing our world’s most pressing environmental challenges – catalyzing collaborations with partners across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. By linking knowledge and action to accomplish meaningful change, EarthLab will help develop lasting solutions that are scientifically sound, technically feasible, and economically viable, while promoting equity and justice. 

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Wetter, Drier and Hotter. What’s in store for Methow Waters?

Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group, will give a free public lecture on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 for the Methow Watershed Council.  Amy will discuss what we know, and how, about what’s in store for Methow waters in the face of a changing climate. The presentation is the second in a series of talks by subject matter experts hosted by the Methow Watershed Council this fall/winter as part of its ongoing public education and outreach efforts.

What: Free public presentation – “Wetter, drier and hotter. What’s in store for Methow waters?”

When: Tuesday, November 21st, 6-8 p.m (PDT).

Where: Methow Valley Community Center

Questions?: Please contact Sali Kilmer for further information, or visit MethowWatershed.com

 

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CIG’s Director Discusses Warming & the Future of PNW Snow

CIG science was featured in a recent article by CrossCut focusing on skiing and snow making in Washington state. Our research shows that the average length of the snow season will decrease by up to 46 percent by the 2040s, compared to historical averages. We will also experience more precipitation falling as rain. For the ski industry, this means a need to plan for ways to produce “human-made snow”. 

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CIG Involved in Governor Inslee’s Climate Change Town Hall Series

CIG’s Director, Amy Snover, will participate in a Climate Change Town Hall with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday, October 25th at the University of Washington’s Seattle Campus. This event is free and student participation is encouraged.

What: Climate Change Town Hall with Gov. Jay Inslee

When: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Where: wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

At this special town hall with UW students and faculty, Gov. Inslee will discuss Washington’s current and future leadership on climate change action. Next month, Gov. Inslee will join the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 23 summit in Bonn, Germany, as part of the U.S. 

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CIG Science Helps La Conner Officials Prepare for Future Flooding

CIG’s Guillaume Mauger, along with the a group of Skagit Climate Science Consortium scientists, recently teamed up with La Conner officials to identify ways that the town can plan and prepare for future flood risks. The Skagit Climate Science Consortium will provide the planning commission with a range of climate and hydrologic information that will help La Conner to draft their comprehensive plan. 

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CIG involved in new NSF-funded flood and landslide risk research

A team of University of Washington researchers, including the Climate Impacts Group’s Guillaume Mauger, recently started a new four year project aimed at improving our ability to forecast floods and to better understand the role of sediments in increasing flood risk. The funding is part of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Prediction of and Resilience Against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS) program, which recently awarded 15 new grants totaling $18.7 million.

Read the full press release here

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Upcoming Fall Water Year Meeting in Olympia

Join the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), the PNW Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC), the UW Climate Impacts Group (CIG) and the WA Department of Ecology for a fall water year meeting at the Washington Department of Ecology office in Olympia, WA on October 30th, 2017. Speakers will recap the past water year, look ahead to the next few months, and will also speak to tools and sectoral impacts.

Registration is free, but please register in advance so we know how many to expect. We apologize in advance if you were hoping for a webcast, but due to technical limitations, this is an in-person meeting only. 

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NW Climate Conference Kick Off Event – October 9th, 2017

Join us on Monday, October 9th for the kick off of the 8th Annual Northwest Climate Conference! An evening reception starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center will be followed by a town hall-style conversation at 7 p.m. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Port Angeles) will give the opening remarks. The panel discussion will feature Amy Snover, director of the UW Climate Impacts Group; Tom Koontz, professor of environmental policy at UW Tacoma; Josh Henretig, director of sustainability at Microsoft Corp.; Jen Pouliotte, of the Puget Sound Partnership; and Kevin Rennert, a UW alumnus and former Environmental Protection Agency administrator who is now at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C. 

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New CIG Report: Integrating Climate Resilience in Flood Risk Management

Sea level rise, more extreme rainfall, and melting snowpack. These are just a few of the reasons why we want to be sure to have climate-smart flood risk management across the Northwest—now and in the future.

CIG researcher Guillaume Mauger and recent UW graduate Haley Kennard (now at the Makah Tribe’s Office of Marine Affairs)  recently embarked on a project to understand what is needed to help agencies plan for changing flood risk. Working with the Washington State Silver Jackets team—an interagency group that includes FEMA, the Army Corps, and several state and federal agencies charged with managing flood risk—they developed a work plan for making our state more resilient to flooding. 

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