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New CIG Report: Nooksack Indian Tribe Natural Resources Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

CIG researchers Harriet Morgan and Meade Krosby recently completed an natural resources vulnerability assessment for the Nooksack Indian Tribe. Working collaboratively with the Tribe’s Natural Resource staff, CIG evaluated the climate change vulnerability of priority species and habitats for the Tribe. Information provided in this assessment offers a rigorous foundation for future climate adaptation efforts aimed at addressing climate risks to the Nooksack Tribe’s priority species and habitats. You can read more about the project here, download the assessment and explore a range of species-specific factsheets.


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Phi Beta Kappa Winter Reception Featuring Amy Snover

Climate Impacts Group Director, Amy Snover, will be featured at the Phi Beta Kappa, UW Chapter Winter Reception on February 15th, 2018 at 5:30 PM. Join for a discussion about navigating the personal, institutional and societal pressures on expression in politically-conflicted contexts.

February 15th, 2018 from 5:30- 7:00 PM | Petersen Room, 4th Floor Allen Library, University of Washington Seattle Campus


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Art Meets Science Atop Mt. Rainier

Art Meets Science Atop Mt. Rainier

Wednesday, February 21st | 7-8 PM |  UW Center for Urban Horticulture

Admission is complementary, please RSVP by 2/16 (see below)

Join the Nature Conservancy, University of Washington and the National Park Service for a dynamic discussion about Washington’s changing glaciers and to view stunning new photographs that compare century-old images with today’s changing glaciers. CIG’s Heidi Roop will discuss building capacity to act and adapt to our changing climate.


John Marshall, Photographer
Jon Reidel, Geologist, National Park Service, North Cascades National Park
Julie Morse, Senior Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
Heidi Roop, Research Scientist & Communications Lead, UW Climate Impacts Group


Phil Levin, Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy; Professor of Practice, UW College of Environmental and Forest Sciences


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Climate Change & Equity – A Community Conversation

Join UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Front and Centered, the Climate Impacts Group, Urban@UW, and UW School of Public Health for an evening discussion about climate change and equity in Washington State on February 21st, 2018 at 5:30 PM.

Front and Centered, Urban@UW, the Climate Impacts Group and the UW School of Public Health & Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences are working on two climate and environmental justice research projects that will be completed later this year:

1) An environmental justice map of Washington State that overlays population vulnerabilities (e.g. health & income) with environmental burdens (e.g. 

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UW Event on Climate Policy in Washington State

Join us for a diverse panel discussion on climate impacts and carbon policy in Washington State.

Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00 PM | UW Seattle Campus, Kane Hall 120

Space is limited so please RSVP:


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New Publication on the Influence of Climate Change on Stream Temperatures Across the Northwest

A team of researchers from NOAA, UW, USGS and USDA published new research using high-resolution remotely-sensed water temperature data to characterize the distribution of summer water temperature in over 7,000 miles of rivers and streams across the Pacific Northwest and northern California. This research helps to identify the potential influences of climate change on the availability of cold-water habitat for species like salmon. CIG’s Se-Yeun Lee is a collaborator on this project, which was funded by the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative. 

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CIG supports new guidance for integrating climate change into toxic clean-up planning

The Department of Ecology just published new guidance to help cleanup project managers assess the risks posed by our changing climate to a range of toxic cleanup sites across Washington state. This new guidance, which includes tools for conducting site-specific vulnerability assessments, aims to help managers identify adaptation measures that will increase the climate-resilience of cleanup sites. The Climate Impacts Group was consulted in the creation of this guidance and has provided assistance in the development of communications materials.

For the complete guidance document please see: Adaptation Strategies for Resilient Cleanup Remedies: A Guide for Cleanup Project Managers to Increase the Resilience of Toxic Cleanup Sites to the Impacts from Climate Change. 

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Calling for Salish Sea Science Prize Nominations

Every two years, the SeaDoc Society awards the Salish Sea Science Prize to a prominent scientist or team of scientists whose work has resulted in the marked improvement of management or policy related to the conservation of marine wildlife and the Salish Sea marine ecosystem. Nominations are due by December 20th, 2017.  

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EarthLab is hiring!

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

Join the growing EarthLab team! EarthLab is hiring a part-time (50% FTE) Executive Assistant to provide professional executive-level support to our Executive Director. Preference will be given to applications received by November 15th, 2017.

About EarthLab

EarthLab is a new initiative stewarded by the College of the Environment which supports application-focused interdisciplinary collaboration across and beyond the University of Washington. EarthLab focuses on addressing our world’s most pressing environmental challenges – catalyzing collaborations with partners across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. By linking knowledge and action to accomplish meaningful change, EarthLab will help develop lasting solutions that are scientifically sound, technically feasible, and economically viable, while promoting equity and justice. 

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Wetter, Drier and Hotter. What’s in store for Methow Waters?

Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group, will give a free public lecture on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 for the Methow Watershed Council.  Amy will discuss what we know, and how, about what’s in store for Methow waters in the face of a changing climate. The presentation is the second in a series of talks by subject matter experts hosted by the Methow Watershed Council this fall/winter as part of its ongoing public education and outreach efforts.

What: Free public presentation – “Wetter, drier and hotter. What’s in store for Methow waters?”

When: Tuesday, November 21st, 6-8 p.m (PDT).

Where: Methow Valley Community Center

Questions?: Please contact Sali Kilmer for further information, or visit


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