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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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Seattle can prepare for climate change — if it can escape bureaucratic silos

Amy Snover was quoted in a recent Op-Ed by Knute Berger about issues facing Seattle’s infrastructure design and management. 

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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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When it comes to the environmental cost of flights “we need to figure out how to turn that shame into action”: The battle between convenience and conservation

“While climate activists try to save the planet, they’re also trying to figure out the cleanest, greenest way to navigate the globe — and it’s far more complicated than just booking a flight online. Recent research, coupled with a media frenzy over flying, has brought the battle between convenience and conservation to a head. It’s not a new problem, but if the past few weeks are any indication, neither flying nor its corresponding shame are going anywhere anytime soon.” CIG’s Heidi Roop weighs in on the impacts of flying and how we can contribute to systems-scale change. 

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How indigenous communities are working to protect the climate

The Climate Impacts Group’s Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources and Tool were featured in this recent Yale Climate Connections article. 

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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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Heat blob, warming Pacific Ocean strain commercial seafood industry

Dr. Amy Snover connected with MSNBC to talk about how our oceans are responding to a changing climate. This story as part of the Covering Climate Now initiative. 

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Short winters, wildfires, altered landscapes: How climate change will impact outdoor recreation in the Pacific Northwest

How is climate change connected to outdoor recreation? This Seattle Times piece features a range of Climate Impacts Group science and includes insights from Dr. Amy Snover about what the future holds for many of our wild and green spaces across the Pacific Northwest. This story as part of the Covering Climate Now initiative. 

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Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) Annual Partner Meeting – Oct. 8th

This meeting will bring together partners in the Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) network to discuss current work and priorities with the end goal of determining shared priorities and synergistic projects and activities that the network partners can support and leverage. The ultimate outcome will be an update to the strategic plan for this region to strengthen drought early warning, planning, preparedness, response and mitigation.

Date of workshop: October 8th, 2019
Location: Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Registration: https://cpaess.ucar.edu/forms/2019-pacific-northwest-drought-early-warning-system-annual-workshop-registration 

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