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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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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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Shrubs, grasses planted through federal program crucial for sage grouse survival in Eastern Washington

A new study by University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, state and federal researchers analyzed sage grouse in Eastern Washington and showed a surprisingly large benefit from a federal program that subsidizes farmers to plant year-round grasses and native shrubs instead of crops. Although the program was adopted for many different reasons, the study finds it is probably the reason that sage grouse still live in portions of Washington’s Columbia Basin.

“Without these lands, our models predict that we would lose about two thirds of the species’ habitat, and that the sage grouse would go extinct in two of three subpopulations,” said first author Andrew Shirk, a research scientist with the UW’s Climate Impacts Group. 

Read more at UW Today
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