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How Tribes Are Harnessing Cutting-Edge Data to Plan for Climate Change

Our recent Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources were written about in an excellent piece in YES! Magazine. This project was led by Meade Krosby.

Resources developed by the Climate Impacts Group at University of Washington for tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Oregon, Nevada, and Utah’s Great Basin may prove useful to tribes like the Quinault and the Makah. The collection of resources is designed for the 84 tribes in those regions in their various stages of the climate preparation process. The package will help tribes evaluate impacts, conduct vulnerability assessments, perform adaptation and economic planning, and locate financial resources.” 

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Upcoming Panel Event on Wildfire with Director Amy Snover

Dr. Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group will serve as a panelist for the upcoming UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) Seminar “Fired Up: Building Wildfire Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate” on March 27th, 2019. Amy will be joined by Dr. Brian Harvey from SEFS, Dr. Yufei Zou from the UW Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory and Nick Lauria from Wildfire Defense Systems. The panel by will be moderated by PEMCO VP of Operations, Harris Clarke.

We hope to see you there!

When: March 27th, 2019 from 3:30-5:30PM; reception to follow

Where: Forest Club Room in Anderson Hall, University of Washington Seattle Campus


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CIG science featured on KING5: Scientists track wildlife escape routes

Recent research by CIG Senior Scientist, Meade Krosby, was featured on KING5. As part of CIG’s partnership with LightHawk, we were able to take reporter Alison Morrow into the air to see riparian corridors extending from the Puget Sound to the Cascade mountains, helping to visualize how these section of riverside habitat will be one important feature that helps species move across the landscape as the climate warms.



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NW CASC Research Fellowship Funding Opportunity

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC), a program of the Climate Impacts Group, invites proposals for its 2019-2020 Research Fellowship Program from graduate students at University of Washington (UW), Boise State University (BSU), University of Montana (UM), Washington State University (WSU) and Western Washington University (WWU) and postdoctoral scientists at BSU, UM, WSU, and WWU (this fellowship cannot support postdocs at UW). The NW CASC Fellowship Program provides both support for research related to climate adaptation in Northwest natural and cultural resource management and instruction of funded fellows in the principles and practices of co-producing decision-relevant (“actionable”) science. Funding will be available as early as Fall Term 2019, to support research performed during the 2019-2020 academic year.  

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INSIGHTS: Giving Science a Voice in Public Policy

CIG Senior Scientist, Meade Krosby, was featured in an op-ed by COMPASS about her role in communicating science to the public. As a Wilburforce Fellow in Conservation Science, she was trained by COMPASS and now is an active scientist communicator!

Here is the section from the story that features Meade:

“Scientists’ insights can create other kinds of challenges. Those who study the effects of climate change, for example, can grapple with depression as they witness impacts to species and the places they love. The moral support they get and give to each other helps them move from despair to action. 

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Fires, Floods, Destruction: Washington Copes With Worsening Climate Change

CIG researcher, Guillaume Mauger, is featured in this comprehensive article outlining what climate change means for the Pacific Northwest. 

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The Greenland ice sheet is melting and you should be concerned

CIG research consultant, Harriet Morgan, recently spoke with the The Daily at UW about the new Washington state sea level rise projections produced by the Climate Impacts Group, Washington Sea Grant and other regional partners as part of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project

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Tribes Use Western and Indigenous Science to Prepare for Climate Change

CIG’s Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources and Tribal Climate Tool were featured in Hakai Magazine. This story includes comment from project lead, Meade Krosby. 

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Assessing riverside corridors — the ‘escape routes’ for animals under climate change — in the Northwest

Under climate change, plants and animals will shift their habitats to track the conditions they are adapted for. As they do, the lands surrounding rivers and streams offer natural migration routes that will take on a new importance as temperatures rise. An open-access study led by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group’s Meade Krosby pinpoints which riverside routes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana will be the most important for animals trying to navigate a changing climate. The study was published this fall in PLOS One.

“This corridor network is already there, and it’s already important for animal movement,” said lead author Meade Krosby, “Under climate change these will become ‘superhighways’ for animals that are seeking new places to live. 

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New CIG Brief Available: No Time to Waste

In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, describing the expected impacts of 1.5°C and 2°C of warming and outlining global greenhouse gas emission reduction pathways that could limit warming to those levels. This brief summarizes the Special Report (SR15) and related consequences for Washington state.

It addresses these questions: 

How much warming has already occurred, compared to the 1.5°C threshold?
What are the anticipated global consequences of additional warming?
What are the implications for Washington state?
How much more warming is likely to occur, given current emissions patterns and policies?

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