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CIG Project Finalist for International Competition Honoring Science Breakthroughs

A project led by Dr. Heidi Roop, formerly the strategic communications lead at the Climate Impacts Group and now assistant professor of climate science at the University of Minnesota, is a finalist for Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year. The project combines data visualizations and virtual reality to illustrate the impacts of sea level rise in South Seattle. Heidi started the project, which was funded by an EarthLab Innovation Grant, while working for the Climate Impacts Group.

As a finalist for “Falling Walls,” Heidi created a five-minute video describing her project and its impact. The video features Heidi responding to prompts ranging from: “Introduce your science engagement initiative in one sentence” and “How does society benefit from your initiative?” to “What did you want to become as a child?” The video guest stars Heidi’s eight-month-old daughter. 

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CIG Research on Climate-Resilient Design for Fish Passages is Part of Effort Winning 2020 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

Research conducted by Climate Impacts Group scientists on climate-resilient design for culvert and fish habitat restoration projects in Washington is part of a larger effort by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife that recently won a 2020 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award. This award from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies recognizes outstanding leadership to advance climate resilience of America’s natural resources and the many people, businesses and communities that depend on them.

The climate-resilient culverts project was initiated by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife to help inform Washington State’s current investments in repairing fish passage barriers that hinder the recovery of imperiled salmon stocks. 

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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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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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Meade Krosby recognized with Wilburforce Conservation Award

Meade Krosby, senior scientist at the Climate Impacts Group, has received this year’s Wilburforce Conservation Leadership Award! This award recognizes Meade for her work advancing biodiversity conservation under climate change.

“All of us at the Climate Impacts Group are thrilled to see the Wilburforce Foundation recognize our very own Meade Krosby as the positive force that she is,” Director Amy Snover says. “Meade is a true Conservation Leader!”

Check out Wilburforce’s announcement to learn more about Meade and the Conservation Award. 

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