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CIG science featured on KING5: Scientists track wildlife escape routes

Recent research by CIG Senior Scientist, Meade Krosby, was featured on KING5. As part of CIG’s partnership with LightHawk, we were able to take reporter Alison Morrow into the air to see riparian corridors extending from the Puget Sound to the Cascade mountains, helping to visualize how these section of riverside habitat will be one important feature that helps species move across the landscape as the climate warms.



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Fires, Floods, Destruction: Washington Copes With Worsening Climate Change

CIG researcher, Guillaume Mauger, is featured in this comprehensive article outlining what climate change means for the Pacific Northwest. 

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The Greenland ice sheet is melting and you should be concerned

CIG research consultant, Harriet Morgan, recently spoke with the The Daily at UW about the new Washington state sea level rise projections produced by the Climate Impacts Group, Washington Sea Grant and other regional partners as part of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project

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Tribes Use Western and Indigenous Science to Prepare for Climate Change

CIG’s Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources and Tribal Climate Tool were featured in Hakai Magazine. This story includes comment from project lead, Meade Krosby. 

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Assessing riverside corridors — the ‘escape routes’ for animals under climate change — in the Northwest

Under climate change, plants and animals will shift their habitats to track the conditions they are adapted for. As they do, the lands surrounding rivers and streams offer natural migration routes that will take on a new importance as temperatures rise. An open-access study led by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group’s Meade Krosby pinpoints which riverside routes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana will be the most important for animals trying to navigate a changing climate. The study was published this fall in PLOS One.

“This corridor network is already there, and it’s already important for animal movement,” said lead author Meade Krosby, “Under climate change these will become ‘superhighways’ for animals that are seeking new places to live. 

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New CIG Brief Available: No Time to Waste

In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, describing the expected impacts of 1.5°C and 2°C of warming and outlining global greenhouse gas emission reduction pathways that could limit warming to those levels. This brief summarizes the Special Report (SR15) and related consequences for Washington state.

It addresses these questions: 

How much warming has already occurred, compared to the 1.5°C threshold?
What are the anticipated global consequences of additional warming?
What are the implications for Washington state?
How much more warming is likely to occur, given current emissions patterns and policies?

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How a crumbling dam in the Enchantments could change our understanding of the PNW wilderness

Research led by CIG’s Guillaume Mauger, “Changing Streamflow in Icicle, Peshastin, and Mission Creeks” was cited in a recent article in the Seattle Times. “Climate change can be vexing and complicated, but its effect on the Icicle watershed can be boiled down simply: More rain, less snow, according to a report by the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group. The scientists predict more water will flow in winter, and the snowpack won’t last as long in summer. Seasons will likely shift. Drought years, like 2015, could become more common as temperatures rise.” 

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UW tools help Pacific Northwest and Western tribes plan for climate change impacts

Our recently-released Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources were featured in the Inlander. As the natural world responds to climate change, American Indian tribes across the country are grappling with how to plan for a future that balances inevitable change with protecting the resources vital to their cultural traditions. The Climate Impacts Group and regional tribal partners have developed a collection of resources that may be useful to tribes at any stage in the process of evaluating their vulnerability to climate change. The resources, mainly online, include a climate tool that provides interactive summaries of projected climate change on annual precipitation, stream temperatures, growing season, fire danger and other variables. 

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Mapping Future Flood Risk – project update and blog post

CIG research scientist, Guillaume Mauger, recently completed a project mapping the future flood risk in the Stillaguamish and Snohomish Rivers. This project explores two key questions: 1) what is the combined effect of sea level rise and changes in river flooding, and 2) where will the extra water go? 

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CIG’s Heidi Roop featured in National Geographic

CIG scientist Heidi Roop recently spoke with National Geographic about the 4th National Climate Assessment and what it means for the Northwest, and our nation. “The message is it’s us, humans, changing the climate,” says Heidi Roop. It’s already affecting “many things we take advantage of every day—our wastewater management, our natural environment, our power generation, our roadways, our food. But the report highlights the other part of that: that people are doing something, and there’s hope.” 

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