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King County launches beta-version GIS Open Data

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks released a beta-version of a tool illustrating the effects of climate change on the Puget Sound region. The highly technical tool uses spatial data (via GIS, or Geographic Information Systems), to visualize how specific climate impacts may affect communities, infrastructure, facilities and natural resources. The portal draws on data from the Climate Impacts Group’s 2015 report on climate change in Puget Sound, and is designed for professionals trained in geographic information systems.

The tool is being developed to support analysis needed by city planners, resource managers and other professionals in preparing for and adapting to the effects of climate change. 

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CIG scientists contributing authors on state-wide climate resilience plan

Six scientists from the Climate Impacts Group are named as contributing authors on a state-wide plan to make Washington more resilient to climate change. The state’s Department of Natural Resources announced their Plan for Climate Resilience — which details how the affects of climate change threaten our natural resources, and identifies priority responses — at a press conference Thursday, February 20.

Dr. Crystal Raymond, climate adaptation specialist for the Climate Impacts Group, spoke at the conference and was quoted in a press release about the plan.

“The potential impacts of climate change can seem dire,” Raymond said in the press release, “but the consequences for our natural systems, economies, and local communities don’t have to be. 

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UW recognized for commitment to community engagement, CIG resources cited in assessment

The Carnegie Foundation recently announced that the University of Washington (UW), home of the Climate Impacts Group, is a new recipient of its 2020 Community Engagement Classification. The Community Engagement classification recognizes institutions that have deep partnerships with local communities to enrich scholarship, teaching and learning; strengthen democracy and civic society; and advance the public good. The Carnegie application involved assessments across each of the UW’s three campuses, which identified hundreds of examples of community-university partnerships.

The Climate Impacts Group’s Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources are one great example of the wide-ranging commitment to community engagement that this classification represents. The Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources, funded by the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and the Great Basin LCC, were designed to foster tribal capacity for assessing climate risks to natural and cultural resources by providing guidance and data tailored to the needs and priorities of Northwest and Great Basin tribes. 

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Input Session: Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System Regional Implementation Plan 2020-2022

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and partners in the Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (PNW DEWS) are going through the process of updating the regional implementation plan for the period of 2020-2022. The regional implementation plan sets priorities, outcomes, and activities the PNW DEWS network wants to undertake together to improve drought early warning and preparedness for the region. This virtual input session is being offered for those who were not able to attend the in-person October 2019 meeting where the draft plan was put together. The session will begin with an overview of the draft and an opportunity for discussion and further input to the document. 

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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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Register for the NW CASC Fall Webinar Series

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center has announced their 2019 fall webinar series focused on Amplifying Actionable Science through Intentional, Integrated and Creative Communications.

Upcoming webinars include:

Communication as an Essential Ingredient for Actionable Science: Key Concepts, Practical Strategies and Innovative Examples from the Northwest

October 1st | 11:00 AM (PT) | with Meade Krosby

Better Stories, Bigger Impact: How Scientists Can Engage Effectively with the Media to Share Their Science

November 5th | 11:00 AM (PT) | with Julia Rosen

What Can Successful Communication Look Like in Actionable Science? Examples from the Climate Adaptation Science Centers

December 3rd | 11:00 AM (PT) | with presenters including Kristin Timm and other experts from across the CASCs

Learn more about these webinars and register today! 

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Climate Action Opportunity: King County 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan Public Workshop

On October 12th, King County is hosting a free public workshop as an opportunity for folks to provide early input into the County’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan. This workshop is an opportunity to learn and problem-solve with county staff on how to best take action on climate change in King County. UW students and faculty are encouraged to attend this workshop to provide their input on this plan.  There will be a networking opportunity for students with King County staff to learn more about career opportunities in government agencies. 

Date and Time:

Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 10AM- 12PM PDT

Location:

University of Washington Intellectual House

4249 Whitman Ct NE Seattle, WA 98105

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/king-county-2020-strategic-climate-action-plan-public-workshop-seattle-tickets-69357214295 

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Upcoming Webinar: Managing Western Washington Wildfire Risk in a Changing Climate

In December 2018, the Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative, the Tulalip Tribes, the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group co-convened an event, “Managing Western Washington Wildfire Risk in a Changing Climate”, to deepen the conversation about western Washington wildfire risk in a changing climate. This workshop brought together nearly 100 participants from city, county, state, federal and tribal entities.

As a follow-up, we will be hosting a webinar on April 16th at 11 AM PDT to summarize the content presented during the one-day workshop and to highlight the key themes that emerged the workshop. 

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NW CASC Research Fellowship Funding Opportunity

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC), a program of the Climate Impacts Group, invites proposals for its 2019-2020 Research Fellowship Program from graduate students at University of Washington (UW), Boise State University (BSU), University of Montana (UM), Washington State University (WSU) and Western Washington University (WWU) and postdoctoral scientists at BSU, UM, WSU, and WWU (this fellowship cannot support postdocs at UW). The NW CASC Fellowship Program provides both support for research related to climate adaptation in Northwest natural and cultural resource management and instruction of funded fellows in the principles and practices of co-producing decision-relevant (“actionable”) science. Funding will be available as early as Fall Term 2019, to support research performed during the 2019-2020 academic year.  

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Climate Research Centers Falter During Shutdown, While Oil And Gas Permits Hold Steady

Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group and University Director of the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) spoke with Wyoming Public Radio about the impact of the government shutdown on the federally-funded Climate Adaptation Science Center network. 

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