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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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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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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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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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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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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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Climate change forces adaptation in Spokane, Pacific Northwest

Amy Snover was interviewed by the Spokesman-Review about climate change adaptation measures underway in Washington State. “There is an urgency to reduce emission so we minimize future change, but at the same time we have a responsibility to prepare for the changes we’ve already set in motion,” she said. The good news: many adaptation measures are underway across Washington state. 

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