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New Publication on the Influence of Climate Change on Stream Temperatures Across the Northwest

A team of researchers from NOAA, UW, USGS and USDA published new research using high-resolution remotely-sensed water temperature data to characterize the distribution of summer water temperature in over 7,000 miles of rivers and streams across the Pacific Northwest and northern California. This research helps to identify the potential influences of climate change on the availability of cold-water habitat for species like salmon. CIG’s Se-Yeun Lee is a collaborator on this project, which was funded by the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative. 

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CIG supports new guidance for integrating climate change into toxic clean-up planning

The Department of Ecology just published new guidance to help cleanup project managers assess the risks posed by our changing climate to a range of toxic cleanup sites across Washington state. This new guidance, which includes tools for conducting site-specific vulnerability assessments, aims to help managers identify adaptation measures that will increase the climate-resilience of cleanup sites. The Climate Impacts Group was consulted in the creation of this guidance and has provided assistance in the development of communications materials.

For the complete guidance document please see: Adaptation Strategies for Resilient Cleanup Remedies: A Guide for Cleanup Project Managers to Increase the Resilience of Toxic Cleanup Sites to the Impacts from Climate Change. 

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Calling for Salish Sea Science Prize Nominations

Every two years, the SeaDoc Society awards the Salish Sea Science Prize to a prominent scientist or team of scientists whose work has resulted in the marked improvement of management or policy related to the conservation of marine wildlife and the Salish Sea marine ecosystem. Nominations are due by December 20th, 2017.  

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Stillaguamish Vulnerability Assessment

Full Title

Assessing the Climate Vulnerability of Key Species and Habitats for the Stillaguamish Tribe

Project Overview

Climate change is projected to significantly impact ecosystems, habitats, and species of importance to the Stillaguamish Tribe, via changes in species distributions; the productivity, composition, and distribution of vegetation communities; and the timing of biological events (e.g., flowering, breeding, and migration). Understanding which species, habitats, and ecosystems are most likely to be vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and why, is a critical first step in addressing potential negative effects and maintaining healthy ecosystems.

The Climate Impacts group completed a detailed climate change vulnerability assessment of priority species and habitats for the Stillaguamish Tribe. 

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Support CIG’s Mission

Did you know you can help to support the work of the Climate Impacts Group? Donations of any size help support cutting-edge climate research, innovative community engagement & valuable hands-on training opportunities for students. Donate today (or every day!):  

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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


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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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