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CIG’s Director Discusses Warming & the Future of PNW Snow

CIG science was featured in a recent article by CrossCut focusing on skiing and snow making in Washington state. Our research shows that the average length of the snow season will decrease by up to 46 percent by the 2040s, compared to historical averages. We will also experience more precipitation falling as rain. For the ski industry, this means a need to plan for ways to produce “human-made snow”. 

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CIG Involved in Governor Inslee’s Climate Change Town Hall Series

CIG’s Director, Amy Snover, will participate in a Climate Change Town Hall with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday, October 25th at the University of Washington’s Seattle Campus. This event is free and student participation is encouraged.

What: Climate Change Town Hall with Gov. Jay Inslee

When: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Where: wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

At this special town hall with UW students and faculty, Gov. Inslee will discuss Washington’s current and future leadership on climate change action. Next month, Gov. Inslee will join the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 23 summit in Bonn, Germany, as part of the U.S. 

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CIG Science Helps La Conner Officials Prepare for Future Flooding

CIG’s Guillaume Mauger, along with the a group of Skagit Climate Science Consortium scientists, recently teamed up with La Conner officials to identify ways that the town can plan and prepare for future flood risks. The Skagit Climate Science Consortium will provide the planning commission with a range of climate and hydrologic information that will help La Conner to draft their comprehensive plan. 

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Upcoming Webinar to Feature New CIG Research | November 16th 1-2 PM PDT

This week’s North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative Science Management Webinar will feature recent research from CIG’s Se-Yeun Lee and NOAA’s Aimee Fullerton. Join Aimee & Se-Yeun to learn more about their recent study which analyzed water temperature for 6,106 km of rivers and evaluated the characteristics of cold-water habitat for Pacific salmon and steelhead.

Title: Incorporating Spatial Heterogeneity in Temperature into Climate Vulnerability Assessments for Coastal Pacific Stream
When: November 16th, 2017 at 1:00-2:00 PM PDT
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Water temperature, a key driver of ecological processes in aquatic environments, is expected to warm as a result of climate change, stressing stream biota. 

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CIG involved in new NSF-funded flood and landslide risk research

A team of University of Washington researchers, including the Climate Impacts Group’s Guillaume Mauger, recently started a new four year project aimed at improving our ability to forecast floods and to better understand the role of sediments in increasing flood risk. The funding is part of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Prediction of and Resilience Against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS) program, which recently awarded 15 new grants totaling $18.7 million.

Read the full press release here

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Upcoming Fall Water Year Meeting in Olympia

Join the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), the PNW Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC), the UW Climate Impacts Group (CIG) and the WA Department of Ecology for a fall water year meeting at the Washington Department of Ecology office in Olympia, WA on October 30th, 2017. Speakers will recap the past water year, look ahead to the next few months, and will also speak to tools and sectoral impacts.

Registration is free, but please register in advance so we know how many to expect. We apologize in advance if you were hoping for a webcast, but due to technical limitations, this is an in-person meeting only. 

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NW Climate Conference Kick Off Event – October 9th, 2017

Join us on Monday, October 9th for the kick off of the 8th Annual Northwest Climate Conference! An evening reception starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center will be followed by a town hall-style conversation at 7 p.m. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Port Angeles) will give the opening remarks. The panel discussion will feature Amy Snover, director of the UW Climate Impacts Group; Tom Koontz, professor of environmental policy at UW Tacoma; Josh Henretig, director of sustainability at Microsoft Corp.; Jen Pouliotte, of the Puget Sound Partnership; and Kevin Rennert, a UW alumnus and former Environmental Protection Agency administrator who is now at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C. 

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New CIG Report: Integrating Climate Resilience in Flood Risk Management

Sea level rise, more extreme rainfall, and melting snowpack. These are just a few of the reasons why we want to be sure to have climate-smart flood risk management across the Northwest—now and in the future.

CIG researcher Guillaume Mauger and recent UW graduate Haley Kennard (now at the Makah Tribe’s Office of Marine Affairs)  recently embarked on a project to understand what is needed to help agencies plan for changing flood risk. Working with the Washington State Silver Jackets team—an interagency group that includes FEMA, the Army Corps, and several state and federal agencies charged with managing flood risk—they developed a work plan for making our state more resilient to flooding. 

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Northwest Climate Community Gathers Oct. 9-11 in Tacoma

This year’s gathering of Northwest climate experts will bring more than 400 scientists, resource managers, and community partners to Tacoma next week to share scientific results and discuss challenges and solutions in the face of climate change.

The eighth annual conference, “Working Together to Build a Resilient Northwest,” will be held at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. The University of Washington is well represented in the program, and the UW Climate Impacts Group led the organization of this year’s conference.

An evening kickoff event Monday, Oct. 9 is free and open to the public. A reception at 6:30 p.m. in the convention center will be followed by a town hall-style conversation at 7 p.m. 

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Job Opportunities with UW College of the Environment, Climate Impacts Group & NW Climate Science Center

We are excited to announce several current and upcoming opportunities to work with the University of Washington College of the Environment, Climate Impacts Group and the Northwest Climate Science Center in a range of roles to further climate research and adaptation efforts across the Pacific Northwest.

Upcoming Openings (stay tuned as we anticipate accepting applications for these positions soon):

Awards Manager (Grants and Contracts Specialist) for the Climate Impacts Group and NW Climate Science Center

Please note that with our pending positions, the job description and duties are subject to revision. 

Climate Adaptation Specialist

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) is seeking a full-time Climate Adaptation Specialist to develop and lead climate adaptation projects, build and maintains key partnerships throughout the Pacific Northwest, and participate in internal strategic planning along with CIG’s senior staff. 

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