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How Normal Is a March Snowstorm? CIG’s Joe Casola explains

“Winter Storm Stella is coming. Can we blame climate change?”

As the East Coast braces for the arrival of Winter Storm Stella, CIG’s Deputy Director Joe Casola talks to Slate about extreme events and climate change.

“Scientists know that global warming makes precipitation heavier, as it means more evaporation. But that phenomenon is more relevant to rain than snow, and Casola says it shouldn’t result in more than a 20- to 30-percent increase, which wouldn’t explain the difference between a dusting of snow and a foot of it. This effect can be seen more clearly when the Great Lakes don’t freeze over and storms drop more snow in the surrounding regions. 

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CIG Brown Bag Seminars – Join Us!

Please join the Climate Impacts Group for its upcoming Brown Bag seminars! 

Seminars will take place in OCN 203, from Noon to 1pm. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 |  Jeff Arnold, Senior Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

“Are We Telling Decisionmakers the Wrong Things – and with Too Much Confidence?”

This talk includes recent work by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, University of Washington, and National Center for Atmospheric Research to develop and test methods to characterize more fully the uncertainties in the modeling chain for real-world uses.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | Nives Dolšak, Associate Director & Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, UW

“Exploring the Adaptation-Mitigation Relationship: Does Information on the Costs of Adapting to Climate Change Influence Support for Mitigation?”

Can information about adaptation costs influence citizens’ willingness to support climate change mitigation? 

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CIG Welcomes Strategic Communications Lead

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) is excited to welcome Heidi Roop to the team as our Strategic Communications Lead. Heidi brings a strong background in research science and science communication along with a passion for ‘changing how the world engages in science.’ Heidi’s position is a new one at CIG, focused on developing and implementing a proactive, organization-wide communication strategy.

“We are very excited to welcome Heidi to the CIG team as our new Strategic Communications Lead,” says Amy Snover, Director of CIG. “We are looking forward to having a brand new position that has an explicit focus on communications. We are especially excited about Heidi and her innovative approach to science communication. 

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Joe Casola on KUOW | A warming region means more mild weather, drought and flooding

Bill Radke from KUOW’s ‘The Record’ speaks with Joe Casola about the impact a warming region could have on Seattle. Casola is deputy director of the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. 

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OCCRI Releases Third Oregon Climate Assessment Report

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) at Oregon State University recently released the Third Oregon Climate Assessment Report summarizing the observed and projected effects of climate change on Oregon’s environment, water resources, communities and economy.

Read the Legislative Summary (2-pages)

Read the full January 2017 report to the Oregon State Legislature

Media Coverage by The Oregonian


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New NOAA Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Report

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently published a new technical report on global and regional sea level rise projections for the United States. Incorporating up-to-date peer-reviewed research, this report revises the upper and lower bounds for global mean sea level (GMSL) rise for the year 2100.

The ‘extreme’ upper-bound scenario is now 2.5 m (8.2 ft) of GMSL rise by the year 2100, up 0.5 m (1.6 ft) from the previously proposed 2.0 m (6.5 ft). They also establish a new lower-bound of 0.3 m (1 ft) of GMSL rise by the year 2100, up from the previously proposed 0.1 m (0.3 ft). 

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2016: Another year of record warmth for the globe

Two separate studies by NOAA and NASA show that in 2016 both globally-averaged land surface temperature and sea surface temperature were the highest on record since record keeping began in 1880. 

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Meade Krosby on KUOW | Annual Bird Count Opens A Window Into Climate Change

The Christmas Bird Count has helped scientists figure out how birds are responding to climate change, says Meade Krosby, a biologist at the University of Washington.

“The Christmas Bird Count is actually one of the most powerful data sets that we have that demonstrate that birds’ ranges are changing,” she explains. “You can see these really dramatic shifts in their winter ranges on average moving northward. And that’s what we expect. We know that, on average, globally, species’ ranges have moved poleward.” 

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Learn about CIG’s upcoming talks at the Northwest Climate Conference

The 7th Annual Northwest Climate Conference is to be held on November 14-16, 2016 at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA (conference website). The annual NW Climate Conference is the region’s premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas relating to climate impacts and adaptation. Several members of CIG are set to participate at this conference, see below for more information on the upcoming sessions, talks, and posters. 

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New winter quarter seminar: Linking Knowledge and Action

Dr. Amy Snover and Dr. Meade Krosby are offering an exciting new winter quarter seminar on the theory of practice of linking knowledge and action. This one-credit, reading and discussion-based seminar will explore the theory and practice of linking knowledge with action in support of progress on critical environmental challenges. Concepts will be illustrated using examples from efforts to inform societal responses to climate change. This course (ATMS/ESS/OCN 593) will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:20. 

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