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Panel Event: Communicating Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest – May 20th

Join us on May 20th at 6PM for a panel conversation with regional journalists and CIG’s Lead Scientist for Science Communication, Heidi Roop. This event is sponsored by the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement and the Department of Communication.

Sea level rise, warming temperatures, and record-breaking wildfires are among the most obvious threats climate change presents to the Pacific Northwest. How we meet these threats will have a profound impact on the future of the region.

Communication around these issues poses a unique set of challenges: journalism business models continue to struggle, while public trust in news institutions has dipped significantly, and well-funded climate change denial campaigns still muddy debate. 

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CIG, WA Sea Grant & ESS Receive Outstanding Community Impact Award

A team of researchers and communication experts from the Climate Impacts Group, Washington Sea Grant and UW Earth and Space Sciences were recipients of the 2018-2019 “Outstanding Community Impact” Award granted by the College of the Environment. The award acknowledges the teams recent work on assessing the impacts of sea level rise on coastal communities across Washington state as part of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project.

Award Recipients: 

Ian Miller, WSG
Guillaume Mauger, CIG
Harriet Morgan, CIG
Paul Dye, WSG
Nicole Faghin, WSG
Heidi Roop, CIG
Crystal Raymond, CIG
MaryAnn Wagner, WSG
David Schmidt, ESS
Mark Welch, ESS

Their nominators from the Washington Sea Grant and the Climate Impacts Group offered the following insights on the team’s work across the state:

“These outstanding scientists, planners and communication specialists have worked collaboratively and creatively with partners…and provided the clarity and detail necessary to communicate the significance of sea level rise to our community.”

“Within and beyond UW, the project brought together a diverse group of students, faculty and government scientists to address a common problem, deepening collaborations across academic and institutional borders.”

“The team has been instrumental in helping forecast sea level rise, open a dialogue with the public around climate change, and incorporate the emerging scientific data into our planning and construction projects.” 

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Upcoming Amplify Event: Creating fruitful collaborations

Join us for the upcoming Amplify event “Creating fruitful collaborations – leaving the deficit model for the engagement model”. This panel features researchers who have built rich relationships with various communities, and how those relationships shape the questions and science they pursue. RSVP here.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Vista Café, Foege Genome Sciences

Gordon Holtgrieve, Assistant Professor, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Meade Krosby, Senior Scientist, Climate Impacts Group & Deputy Director, Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center
Kate Litle, Assistant Director for Programs, Washington Sea Grant

Moderated by Ben Packard, executive director, EarthLab 

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How $6.2 million could be used to help fish, protect Whatcom communities from floods

A $6.2 million infusion of state dollars will allow Whatcom County to move forward on a project to improve habitat in the Nooksack River as well as protect farms and communities from floodwaters. Science produced by the Climate Impacts Group, which is featured in this story, provides the important scientific underpinning for project like these that are working to increase resilience to climate change across Washington state. 

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Abstracts now accepted for 10th Annual Northwest Climate Conference

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 10th Annual Northwest Climate Conference that will be held in Portland, OR from October 8-10th, 2019. Abstracts are due June 7th, 2019 at 11:59PM (PT).

The Northwest Climate Conference provides a unique opportunity to learn from and connect with a diverse community of experts fostering a more climate resilient Northwest. The event brings together practitioners, scientists, tribal communities, and decision-makers to share knowledge, ideas, and best practices related to climate change science, impacts, and adaptation in the Pacific Northwest. Topics include drought, wildfire, extreme events, coastal flooding, human and ecosystem health, and resiliency planning. 

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Climate Impacts Group at the National Adaptation Forum

Several of CIG’s researchers and staff will be heading to the National Adaptation Forum from April 23-25th, 2019 in Madison, WI to share about a range of the adaptation-related work underway across the Pacific Northwest and United States. If you are at NAF, be sure to check out the exciting range of presentations, sessions and workshops that include members of the CIG team:

Tuesday, April 23rd

Adapting to wildfire in non-fire adapted forest systems Madison Ballroom C | Concurrent Session 1

Crystal Raymond, UW Climate Impacts Group & Lara Whitely-Binder, King County

Identifying riparian climate corridors to inform climate adaptation planning  Madison Ballroom C | Concurrent Session 2

Meade Krosby, UW Climate Impacts Group and NW Climate Adaptation Science Center

Wednesday, April 24th

Sailing the Resilience Seas – hands-on training with new tools for every step of the resilience journey

Hall of Ideas F | Indigenuity Session 3

Meade Krosby, UW Climate Impacts Group and NW Climate Adaptation Science Center

Beyond the Literature Review: Putting Climate Adaptation Syntheses to Work for Managers

Madison Ballroom C | Lunch Session

Nicole DeCrappeo NW Climate Adaptation Science Center; Amy Snover, UW Climate Impacts Group and NW Climate Adaptation Science Center & Rachel Gregg, EcoAdapt

Bridging the Science-Practice Divide: Washington’s Sea Level Rise Planning Toolkit

Concurrent Sessions 4 | Meeting Rooms KLOP

Harriet Morgan, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Ian Miller, Washington Sea Grant, Guillaume Mauger, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Nicole Faghin, Washington Sea Grant, Crystal Raymond, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Heidi Roop, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Robert Norheim, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Tish Conway-Cranos, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Climate Conversations with Water Sector Engineers: Building Trusted, Credible Sources of Climate Change Information

Concurrent Sessions 5 | Hall of Ideas I

Kavita Heyn, Portland Water Bureau, Heidi Roop, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group 

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Is Hiking With Face Masks The New Normal?

People move to the Pacific Northwest to be near incredible natural beauty. But each year, wildfires and rising temperatures are making it harder to go outside. CIG’s climate research is mentioned in this article, along with quotes from Director Amy Snover. 

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The Wild West of Online SciComm: a conversation with Heidi Roop and Daniel Swain

Join the Climate Impacts Group for a Program on Climate Change Event, “The Wild West of Online SciComm: a conversation with Heidi Roop and Daniel Swain” on Tuesday, April 16th at 3:30PM in OCN 425.

Digital news and social media has rapidly changed how the public consumes information about science. Join us for a discussion with two geoscientists forging new paths in this new media landscape to bring climate science to the public. Conversation will include questions around:

professional ethics in science communication
emerging best practices on social media
responding to questions about politics and public policy
building a respectful online culture
countering misinformation and fake news
Open Q&A


Daniel Swain holds joint appointments as a Climate Scientist within UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a Research Fellow in the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes at NCAR, and the California Climate Fellow at The Nature Conservancy.  

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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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WA is already burning and that could mean another smoky summer

CIG scientist, Crystal Raymond, spoke to Crosscut about what we know about the connection between wildfires and climate change in Washington state. 

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