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NW CASC Seeks Postdoc Focused on Fire & Climate

Are you a researcher interested in the nexus of climate change and wildfire? The University of Washington, in partnership with the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) and the University of Montana, is searching for a talented scientist with an interest in climate-fire-ecosystem dynamics and associated natural resource management in the Northwestern US and a passion for delivering research that informs decision-making!


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New Chapter for Heidi Roop, Climate Impacts Group Lead Scientist for Science Communication

After nearly four years advancing climate communication research for the Climate Impacts Group, Heidi Roop is starting a new chapter as a faculty member in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota. In her new role, Heidi will be developing a climate services program to support climate adaptation efforts by natural resource managers, the agricultural sector, and state agencies in Minnesota and the greater Midwest.

As lead scientist for science communication at the Climate Impacts Group, Heidi has leveraged her expertise to improve the reach and impact of our research, quantify the effectiveness of our engagements across the region and develop novel research in climate change adaptation and communication. 

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NW CASC Climate Change Refugia Special Issue: Buying Time for Biodiversity to Adapt in a Changing World

Note: This article was originally published on the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center website

Human-caused climate change will rapidly alter ecosystems in the Northwest and around the world, putting species that inhabit them under severe stress. These sweeping ecological changes will leave little time for species and ecosystems to adapt to new conditions, resulting in extinctions and large-scale ecosystem transformations. In a time of dramatic ecological upheaval, identifying and protecting climate change refugia — areas relatively buffered from climate change over time — can protect species from the negative effects of climate change in the short-term as well as provide longer-term protection for biodiversity and ecosystem function. 


Amy Snover featured on podcast about climate change in the Northwest

Amy Snover, director of the Climate Impacts Group, is featured on a recent podcast from the University of Washington Tacoma about climate change in the Pacific Northwest. Amy covers local climate change impacts in the Northwest, climate adaptation and resiliency, and more. 

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CIG Director Amy Snover featured on Crosscut podcast

Climate Impacts Group Director Amy Snover spoke alongside Michael Chang, climate adaptation specialist, on climate adaptation measures, involving youth in combatting climate change, and more.  

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Meade Krosby speaks at King County panel on climate change

Meade Krosby, senior scientist for the Climate Impacts Group, spoke about climate change in the Pacific Northwest as part of a panel organized by King County. “It’s real. It’s bad. It’s us. And there’s a lot we can do about it (but we need to act fast,” Meade says. View the full panel on KingCountyTV

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We’re Hiring! Apply today to join our team as a Research Scientist

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington is looking for a physical scientist (Research Scientist 2) to join our team of professional researchers devoted to use-inspired research! We are looking for a person with strong technical skills in manipulating climate model data, interpreting hydrological and meteorological data, and physical process modeling. This position is intended to support CIG’s senior research staff in work co-produced with our local, state, federal and tribal partners.

The CIG is a fast-paced, dynamic, and deadline-driven environment, which requires strong organizational and project management skills as well as problem-solving and priority-setting abilities. While we are open to applicants with at least 2 years of experience and a B.S. 

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Upcoming Webinar: A Spatial Planning Tool for Biodiversity Conservation under Climate Change

CIG’s Andrew Shirk will be giving a Conservation Biology Institute webinar on Thursday, November 14th at 10 AM PT about a new spatial planning tool that he is helping to develop as part of his work with the Cascadia Partner Forum.

The Cascadia Partner Forum (CPF) is a network of natural resource practitioners in Washington and British Columbia. A primary goal of the partnership is to provide a regional-scale organizational framework to conserve Cascadia’s biodiversity, which is under threat from an expanding human footprint and a changing climate. The partner forum has developed a climate adaptation strategy that seeks to foster greater coordination across land manager boundaries and provide a timely and up-to-date regional perspective to inform local land-use decisions. 

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Funding Opportunity: EarthLab Innovation Grants

The EarthLab Innovation Grants Program seeks to invest in teams of University of Washington researchers, students and non-academic partners developing innovative solutions to pressing environmental challenges.

The program will award up to $300,000 to 4-6 projects that address pressing environmental challenges. Funding is intended to support new partnerships that are led by and with those most impacted by a particular environmental challenge, seek to co-define research priorities from multiple perspectives, and generate actionable science and knowledge (i.e., research that is usable and used). Those most impacted may refer to the people, communities, municipalities (e.g., a city planning for sea level rise), industries (e.g., agricultural industry facing increased flooding or drought), or other entities directly affected by an environmental challenge. 

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