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How $6.2 million could be used to help fish, protect Whatcom communities from floods

A $6.2 million infusion of state dollars will allow Whatcom County to move forward on a project to improve habitat in the Nooksack River as well as protect farms and communities from floodwaters. Science produced by the Climate Impacts Group, which is featured in this story, provides the important scientific underpinning for project like these that are working to increase resilience to climate change across Washington state. 

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Is Hiking With Face Masks The New Normal?

People move to the Pacific Northwest to be near incredible natural beauty. But each year, wildfires and rising temperatures are making it harder to go outside. CIG’s climate research is mentioned in this article, along with quotes from Director Amy Snover. 

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WA is already burning and that could mean another smoky summer

CIG scientist, Crystal Raymond, spoke to Crosscut about what we know about the connection between wildfires and climate change in Washington state. 

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How Tribes Are Harnessing Cutting-Edge Data to Plan for Climate Change

Our recent Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources were written about in an excellent piece in YES! Magazine. This project was led by Meade Krosby.

Resources developed by the Climate Impacts Group at University of Washington for tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Oregon, Nevada, and Utah’s Great Basin may prove useful to tribes like the Quinault and the Makah. The collection of resources is designed for the 84 tribes in those regions in their various stages of the climate preparation process. The package will help tribes evaluate impacts, conduct vulnerability assessments, perform adaptation and economic planning, and locate financial resources.” 

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CIG science featured on KING5: Scientists track wildlife escape routes

Recent research by CIG Senior Scientist, Meade Krosby, was featured on KING5. As part of CIG’s partnership with LightHawk, we were able to take reporter Alison Morrow into the air to see riparian corridors extending from the Puget Sound to the Cascade mountains, helping to visualize how these section of riverside habitat will be one important feature that helps species move across the landscape as the climate warms.



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INSIGHTS: Giving Science a Voice in Public Policy

CIG Senior Scientist, Meade Krosby, was featured in an op-ed by COMPASS about her role in communicating science to the public. As a Wilburforce Fellow in Conservation Science, she was trained by COMPASS and now is an active scientist communicator!

Here is the section from the story that features Meade:

“Scientists’ insights can create other kinds of challenges. Those who study the effects of climate change, for example, can grapple with depression as they witness impacts to species and the places they love. The moral support they get and give to each other helps them move from despair to action. During a rough week in climate news last fall, Meade Krosby, a Senior Scientist with the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, wrote an opinion piece from her perspective as a climate adaptation scientist after learning and practicing this skill in a science communication workshop. 

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Fires, Floods, Destruction: Washington Copes With Worsening Climate Change

CIG researcher, Guillaume Mauger, is featured in this comprehensive article outlining what climate change means for the Pacific Northwest. 

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The Greenland ice sheet is melting and you should be concerned

CIG research consultant, Harriet Morgan, recently spoke with the The Daily at UW about the new Washington state sea level rise projections produced by the Climate Impacts Group, Washington Sea Grant and other regional partners as part of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project

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Tribes Use Western and Indigenous Science to Prepare for Climate Change

CIG’s Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources and Tribal Climate Tool were featured in Hakai Magazine. This story includes comment from project lead, Meade Krosby. 

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Assessing riverside corridors — the ‘escape routes’ for animals under climate change — in the Northwest

Under climate change, plants and animals will shift their habitats to track the conditions they are adapted for. As they do, the lands surrounding rivers and streams offer natural migration routes that will take on a new importance as temperatures rise. An open-access study led by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group’s Meade Krosby pinpoints which riverside routes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana will be the most important for animals trying to navigate a changing climate. The study was published this fall in PLOS One.

“This corridor network is already there, and it’s already important for animal movement,” said lead author Meade Krosby, “Under climate change these will become ‘superhighways’ for animals that are seeking new places to live. 

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