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A NW Climate Change Conversation on KUOW

CIG’s Heidi Roop sat down with Bill Radke on KUOW’s The Record to discuss the 4th National Climate Assessment, what climate change means for us in the Northwest and the many relevant actions and adaptations underway across the region. 

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Volume 2 of the 4th National Climate Assessment Now Available

On November 23rd, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released Volume 2 of the 4th National Climate Assessment – a congressionally-mandated synthesis of climate science and the observed and projected impacts of climate change across the United States. This report is the result of a three-year effort by hundreds of experts around the country. The Climate Impacts Group served as a co-author on the Northwest chapter.

For the Northwest region, the key messages from the report include:

Key Message #1: Natural Resource Economy

“Climate change is already affecting the Northwest’s diverse natural resources, which support sustainable livelihoods; provide a robust foundation for rural, tribal, and Indigenous communities; and strengthen local economies. 

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CIG-OWSC Trends Tool Featured in GeekWire

The Climate Impacts Group recently partnered with the Office of the Washington State Climatologist and data visualization software company, Tableau, to develop a climate trends analysis tool for Washington, Idaho, Oregon and western Montana. CIG project lead, Heidi Roop, hopes this tool will help communities and organizations better communicate and understand regional trends in climate across the Northwest. 

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NYTimes Features CIG Data in “Your Children’s Yellowstone Will Be Radically Different”

The Climate Impacts Group’s data was used in a recent story by the New York Times about the future of Yellowstone National Park in a changing climate. “Yellowstone, the country’s first national park, is in danger and climate change is the reason. In a few decades, this iconic American landscape will look radically different.” 

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CIG on KING5: California serves as warning for future of Western Washington wildfires

Amy Snover recently spoke with King5 about the future of fire in Western Washington. “When we think about wildfire, it’s pretty overwhelming, and it’s also hard to think what might happen in Western Washington,” said Snover. “We think about our big, wet, rich forests as not burning very often in Western Washington. We know they’ve burned historically and there have been some really big fires. And we know that climate change is likely to make that more frequent.” 

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Webinar Recording: Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources for Northwest and Great Basin Tribes

Are you concerned about what climate change might mean for your tribe? The Climate Impacts Group, in partnership with the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC), hosted a webinar to introduce a new suite of Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources designed to support Northwest and Great Basin tribes’ efforts to assess climate risks to natural and cultural resources.

In this webinar, Dr. Meade Krosby, Senior Scientist at the Climate Impacts Group and University Deputy Director of the NW CASC, introduced the web-based resources, including: 

A Tribal Climate Tool, which provides interactive maps, graphs and reports summarizing projected changes in climate for the unique geographies and impacts of concern to Northwest and Great Basin tribes.

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New resources support tribes in preparing for climate change

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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A New Tool for Farmers in a Changing Climate

In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, we have produced a new mapping tool that allows farmers to see modeled results of flood risk in Snohomish County during the 1980s, 2050s and 2080s. The mapped information is now available as a publicly available web app through the Coastal Resilience website. This simple tool lets farmers easily view the maps that interest them via a combination of the flood factors. You can also access the technical report by the Climate Impacts Group describing the flood modeling process. 

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Heidi Roop to speak at Seattle Aquarium Lightning Talk Event

CIG’s Heidi Roop was invited to give a lightning talk at this year’s Seattle Aquarium Lightning Talk event on November 15th, 2018. Heidi will join 8 other speakers who will offer “five-minute glimpses into the latest marine and ocean science from local scientists and science enthusiasts.” This event will include light hors d’oeuvres, dessert and a reception in the Life on the Edge exhibit with the presenters. We hope you’ll join us! 

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Q & A: HOW WILL SNOHOMISH FARMS ENDURE CLIMATE CHANGE?

The Snohomish Conservation District recently partnered with the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and The Nature Conservancy to model and map various historic and future flood scenarios across the Snohomish and Stillaguamish watersheds. How will these data be used and why are they important? Read a great interview with Cindy Dittbrenner, Natural Resource Program Manager for the Snohomish Conservation District, about why these data and the project’s webmap are so important for farmers in Snohomish County. 

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