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Request for Qualifications: Seeking artist for commissioned piece on climate resilience

Call Summary

The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group is seeking qualifications for a two-dimensional visual art piece depicting climate resilience in the Northwest. This call is open to emerging artists located in the Northwestern United States. We define emerging artists as artists who have not received a commission greater than $10,000 or do not have commercial gallery representation.

Applications are due Monday, February 22. The selected artist will be announced in late March. The selected artist must complete their work by June 30, 2021, and present their work at a celebration for the Climate Impacts Group’s 25th anniversary at the end of June or in early July (exact date to be determined). 

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Amy Snover to Moderate 1/29 Panel on Climate Migration

Climate Impacts Group Director Amy Snover will moderate a panel on climate migration Friday, January 29, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The panel will feature three University of Washington professors; Sara Curran, of the Department of Sociology; Jeremy Hess, of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences; and Nathalie Williams, of Sociology. Learn more about the panelists and the event on the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences’ website.


The panel will build on a day-long workshop on climate migration hosted by the Climate Impacts Group in 2016. 

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CIG Director Presents at Insurance Commissioner’s Climate Summit

Dr. Amy Snover, director of the Climate Impacts Group, was among several leaders advancing climate resilience who presented at the Climate Summit hosted by Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. Dr. Snover discussed Pacific Northwest climate change science: Impacts, risks & vulnerabilities. View a recording of her presentation as well as other talks from the Summit.  

Climate change poses risks to insurers and consumers alike. Insurance companies must be prepared to pay increased property, life and health claims resulting from a changing climate. The virtual 2020 Climate Summit brought together a national audience of climate, government and insurance professionals to understand and explore how climate change affects our communities, regulatory efforts and businesses.   

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Beyond video games: virtual reality brings science to life

Work led by CIG scientist Heidi Roop and supported by an EarthLab Innovation Grant is highlighted in this article by the UW College of the Environment. 

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Hear from six CIG scientists at May 26 EarthLab Showcase

Interested in the work happening at the University of Washington and beyond to address climate change and other large-scale environmental challenges? The UW EarthLab All-Hands Showcase is your opportunity to attend virtual lightning talks from more than 20 professionals all working toward a healthier, more sustainable future. Six scientists from the Climate Impacts Group and the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center are among those presenting. The Showcase will take place Tuesday, May 26, 1–3 p.m., via the video-conferencing platform Zoom.


Tuesday, May 26, 1–3 p.m.




EarthLab brings together University of Washington expertise to address large-scale environmental challenges, making a positive impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. 

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Climate Science on Tap: Climate Change (Mis)information

Dr. Heidi Roop, lead scientist for science communication with the UW Climate Impacts Group, spoke on a panel of experts on the topic of misinformation in climate science. The panel included Jevin West, assistant professor at the iSchool and director of the Center for the Informed Public and John Cook, assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. 

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Dr. Snover to Give Virtual Briefing on Linking Science & Action

Director Dr. Amy Snover will give a Livecast briefing for Congressional staff and the broader community on Thursday, April 16, 9–9:45 a.m. PT. In her briefing, “Bridging the Gap Between Science and Decision-Making,” Dr. Snover will discuss the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center’s programs and methods for advancing climate resilience in the Northwest. The briefing is sponsored by the non-partisan Environmental and Energy Study Institute. Dr. Snover will appear as part of the Institute’s Climate Adaptation Data Week, a briefing series focused on coastal climate adaptation data needs and applications.



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Amy Snover to speak at UW panel on science communication

What’s the value of scientists communicating about their own research? How can scientists best partner with communications professionals? CIG Director Amy Snover and several other UW experts will discuss these questions and more at a University of Washington College of the Environment panel on Wednesday, March 4. The panel will also feature Michelle Ma, assistant director of UW News and David Montgomery, professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences.  Molly McCarthy, managing director of marketing and communications for College of the Environment, will moderate.

This panel is part of a series of events bringing together University of Washington faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students who want to explore and engage in science communication and outreach. 

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More marine heat waves forecast as ocean warming worsens

The NW Fishletter – a free, online publication focusing on fish in the Columbia River basin – referenced Climate Impacts Group’s “Shifting Snowlines and Shorelines” report in an article on marine heat waves and ocean warming. Director Amy Snover was interviewed for the article.

Read the full “Shifting Snowlines and Shorelines” report, which gives an overview of the effects of climate change on the ocean and Earth’s frozen regions. 

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Oregon/Washington Water Year Recap & Outlook Meeting – Register Today!

Join us on November 5th, 2019 in Portland, Oregon for the Oregon/Washington Water Year 2019 Recap and 2020 Outlook Meeting!

The is a one-day workshop to review the climate events and impacts of the 2019 water year, provide forecast information for the upcoming water year, and learn about new resources on drought and climate variability. The collective debrief on impacts of the past water year is critical for identifying vulnerabilities and opportunities for increasing drought and general climate resilience in the future. One goal of this year’s meeting is to increase participation of water and hydropower utilities, especially smaller and rural utilities. 

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