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Panel Event: Communicating Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest – May 20th

Join us on May 20th at 6PM for a panel conversation with regional journalists and CIG’s Lead Scientist for Science Communication, Heidi Roop. This event is sponsored by the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement and the Department of Communication.

Sea level rise, warming temperatures, and record-breaking wildfires are among the most obvious threats climate change presents to the Pacific Northwest. How we meet these threats will have a profound impact on the future of the region.

Communication around these issues poses a unique set of challenges: journalism business models continue to struggle, while public trust in news institutions has dipped significantly, and well-funded climate change denial campaigns still muddy debate. 

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Upcoming Amplify Event: Creating fruitful collaborations

Join us for the upcoming Amplify event “Creating fruitful collaborations – leaving the deficit model for the engagement model”. This panel features researchers who have built rich relationships with various communities, and how those relationships shape the questions and science they pursue. RSVP here.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Vista Café, Foege Genome Sciences

Gordon Holtgrieve, Assistant Professor, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Meade Krosby, Senior Scientist, Climate Impacts Group & Deputy Director, Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center
Kate Litle, Assistant Director for Programs, Washington Sea Grant

Moderated by Ben Packard, executive director, EarthLab 

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Abstracts now accepted for 10th Annual Northwest Climate Conference

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 10th Annual Northwest Climate Conference that will be held in Portland, OR from October 8-10th, 2019. Abstracts are due June 7th, 2019 at 11:59PM (PT).

The Northwest Climate Conference provides a unique opportunity to learn from and connect with a diverse community of experts fostering a more climate resilient Northwest. The event brings together practitioners, scientists, tribal communities, and decision-makers to share knowledge, ideas, and best practices related to climate change science, impacts, and adaptation in the Pacific Northwest. Topics include drought, wildfire, extreme events, coastal flooding, human and ecosystem health, and resiliency planning. 

Submit an abstract today!

Climate Impacts Group at the National Adaptation Forum

Several of CIG’s researchers and staff will be heading to the National Adaptation Forum from April 23-25th, 2019 in Madison, WI to share about a range of the adaptation-related work underway across the Pacific Northwest and United States. If you are at NAF, be sure to check out the exciting range of presentations, sessions and workshops that include members of the CIG team:

Tuesday, April 23rd

Adapting to wildfire in non-fire adapted forest systems Madison Ballroom C | Concurrent Session 1

Crystal Raymond, UW Climate Impacts Group & Lara Whitely-Binder, King County

Identifying riparian climate corridors to inform climate adaptation planning  Madison Ballroom C | Concurrent Session 2

Meade Krosby, UW Climate Impacts Group and NW Climate Adaptation Science Center

Wednesday, April 24th

Sailing the Resilience Seas – hands-on training with new tools for every step of the resilience journey

Hall of Ideas F | Indigenuity Session 3

Meade Krosby, UW Climate Impacts Group and NW Climate Adaptation Science Center

Beyond the Literature Review: Putting Climate Adaptation Syntheses to Work for Managers

Madison Ballroom C | Lunch Session

Nicole DeCrappeo NW Climate Adaptation Science Center; Amy Snover, UW Climate Impacts Group and NW Climate Adaptation Science Center & Rachel Gregg, EcoAdapt

Bridging the Science-Practice Divide: Washington’s Sea Level Rise Planning Toolkit

Concurrent Sessions 4 | Meeting Rooms KLOP

Harriet Morgan, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Ian Miller, Washington Sea Grant, Guillaume Mauger, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Nicole Faghin, Washington Sea Grant, Crystal Raymond, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Heidi Roop, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Robert Norheim, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Tish Conway-Cranos, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Climate Conversations with Water Sector Engineers: Building Trusted, Credible Sources of Climate Change Information

Concurrent Sessions 5 | Hall of Ideas I

Kavita Heyn, Portland Water Bureau, Heidi Roop, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group 

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The Wild West of Online SciComm: a conversation with Heidi Roop and Daniel Swain

Join the Climate Impacts Group for a Program on Climate Change Event, “The Wild West of Online SciComm: a conversation with Heidi Roop and Daniel Swain” on Tuesday, April 16th at 3:30PM in OCN 425.

Digital news and social media has rapidly changed how the public consumes information about science. Join us for a discussion with two geoscientists forging new paths in this new media landscape to bring climate science to the public. Conversation will include questions around:

professional ethics in science communication
emerging best practices on social media
responding to questions about politics and public policy
building a respectful online culture
countering misinformation and fake news
Open Q&A


Daniel Swain holds joint appointments as a Climate Scientist within UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a Research Fellow in the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes at NCAR, and the California Climate Fellow at The Nature Conservancy.  

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Upcoming Panel Event on Wildfire with Director Amy Snover

Dr. Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group will serve as a panelist for the upcoming UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) Seminar “Fired Up: Building Wildfire Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate” on March 27th, 2019. Amy will be joined by Dr. Brian Harvey from SEFS, Dr. Yufei Zou from the UW Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory and Nick Lauria from Wildfire Defense Systems. The panel by will be moderated by PEMCO VP of Operations, Harris Clarke.

We hope to see you there!

When: March 27th, 2019 from 3:30-5:30PM; reception to follow

Where: Forest Club Room in Anderson Hall, University of Washington Seattle Campus


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CIG to provide keynote & host community-wide climate conversation at 7th Annual San Juan Agricultural Summit

Dr. Heidi Roop will give a keynote lecture at the San Juan Agricultural Summit on Sunday, February 3rd. Heidi’s keynote address, “From Coastlines to Crops: What Climate Change Means for the Puget Sound,” will highlight the range of climate impacts we expect in the Puget Sound region. She will share the range of climate impacts we expect in the region, and around the world, and discuss climate change communication best practices. Heidi will also host two community conversations on climate change in the Puget Sound. The first, open to the public, will be held prior the Summit Hoedown at Brickworks in Friday Harbor on Saturday, February 2nd. 

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Western Washington’s wildfire risk is increasing

King5 featured our Managing Western WA Wildfire Risk in a Changing Climate workshop. “The risk is going up, and there’s a real need to better understand what’s going to happen,” said Amy Snover, Director of the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. The event on December 3rd, 2018 was hosted by the Tulalip Tribes, Puget Sound Preparedness Collaborative, Climate Impacts Group and Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center.


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Chasing Ice Film Screening and Panel on November 28th

Join EarthLab and the Simpson Center for the Humanities for a screening of Chasing Ice, as part of the Anthropocene Film Salon series. CIG’s Heidi Roop and the Simpson Center’s Jesse Oak Tayler will be on hand after the film for a panel discussion. The goal of this event is to foster mutual learning and catalyze new, cross-cutting collaborations to address the unique social-ecological challenges of the Anthropocene.


What: Chasing Ice, a film by Jeff Orlowski

When: November 28th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Fisheries Sciences lobby and auditorium (room 102), University of Washington, Seattle

Jesse Oak Tayler, Associate Professor of English and Co-director, Anthropocene Research Cluster (Simpson Center for the Humanities)
Heidi Roop, Lead Scientist for Science Communication, Climate Impacts Group (EarthLab) 

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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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