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Tree genetic adaptations to climate

Andrew Shirk, a research scientist at CIG, is collaborating on a new research project evaluating how landscape and climate affect the movement of genes through populations of three tree species: the southwestern white pine, Douglas-fir, and fremont cottonwood. 

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Upcoming Presentation | Avoiding the impacts of climate change: Results from the BRACE study

Understanding how impacts may differ across alternative levels of future climate change is necessary for an informed response to the climate issue. Over the past two years, NCAR’s Climate and Human Systems Project has been carrying out a study on the Benefits of Reduced Anthropogenic Climate changE (BRACE), which assesses the differences in impacts between two specific climate futures: those associated with Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) 4.5 and 8.5. This project is quantifying avoided impacts in terms of extreme events, health, agriculture, tropical cyclones, and sea level rise, and includes contributions from a number of NCAR scientists as well as participants from 15 other institutions. 

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New book chapter evaluates the effects of fire and drought on forests and rangelands in the US

CIG affiliated researchers have authored a chapter on the the effects of fire and drought on forests and rangelands in the United States in the book “Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis.” Rapid climate change and shifts in disturbance regimes may cause significant changes in productivity and capacity for carbon storage in forests and rangelands of the United States. As the climate warms, it is expected that more ecosystems will become water limited, more sensitive to variability in temperatures, and prone to more frequent disturbance. Consequently, productivity may decline across much of the West, and long-term carbon sequestration may be limited by a continuous mosaic of disturbances of various severities. 

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Save the date for the 2017 National Adaptation Forum

The 2017 National Adaptation Forum is headed for the Twin Cities. The Forum will take place in Saint Paul, Minnesota May 9-11, 2017! Visit the National Adaptation Forum website for more details. You can already learn about the location, accommodations and travel. Over the next 15 months the website will be updated about the call for proposals, registration, and other news as it develops. 

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Mathematical model explains recurring rainstorms in the tropical Indian & Pacific oceans

University of Washington scientists have published a mathematical model that could help explain and forecast the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), a massive cluster of thunderstorms that plays a role in global weather. Better understanding of the MJO would help predict tropical rainstorms and flooding over India, northern Australia, and Pacific islands such as the Maldives and Indonesia. It could also improve medium-range global forecasts, since the MJO can nudge weather patterns that affect the mainland U.S. 

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Upcoming Presentation |The challenge of climate change and water management

An upcoming University of Washington presentation by Dr. Han Seung-soo -South Korea’s former Prime Minister and current Special Envoy of the UN-Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water- will be held on February 11th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in Architecture Hall room 147. In this presentation, “Air & Water: Are they free goods? The Challenge of Climate Change and Water Management”, Dr Han Seung-soo will be giving a lecture on climate change and water management.


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Climate Impacts Group Brown Bag | Changing fire regimes in eastern Washington

An upcoming Climate Impacts Group brown bag presentation by Susan Prichard will be held on January 27th at noon in Wallace Hall. In this seminar, ‘Changing fire regimes in eastern Washington: recent large wildfire events and implications for dry forest management’, Susan will provide an overview of the changing fire regimes in semi-arid forests of the inland Pacific Northwest, the record-setting wildfire events of 2014 and 2015, and recent research that can help inform dry forest restoration strategies to increase resiliency of forest landscapes to future wildfire events and a warming climate.


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2015 hottest year in recorded history — and not by just a little

NOAA and NASA reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history by far, breaking a record set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world. In the NOAA data set, 2015 was 0.29 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than 2014, the largest jump ever over a previous record. 

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Can climate affect the taste of my beer? How drought conditions could impact beer producers

The availability of certain varieties of hops is not the only way climate can affect the taste of beer. Drought conditions along the U.S. West Coast are also brewing up potential problems for beer producers. This article examines how the record breaking temperatures of 2015 impacted hop growth and beer production in the West. Guillaume Mauger, a research scientist with the Climate Impacts Group, talks about 2015 as an analog for future climate, giving us an idea of what could be in store for beer producers in the future. 


Office of the Washington State Climatologist January newsletter is released

The OWSC Newsletter contains information on the current state of Washington’s climate, including the current outlook and a review of notable climate and weather events. Topics covered in the January issue include: a December climate summary; A note on new early winter weather and El Niño; Snowpack and drought update; Temperature and precipitation outlook. The newsletter is produced monthly and will be available on the OWSC website or by e-mail subscription.



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