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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. 

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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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CIG Involved In Two Dawg Daze Events On 9/26

The Climate Impacts Group is teaming up with the UW Health Sciences Common Book Series for two Dawg Daze Events on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017. Join us!

Cool Careers in Health Sciences

Magnuson Health Sciences Center (HST), Lobby | 1:00 – 3:00 PM

From practicing precision medicine to helping reduce health disparities to advancing scientific innovation, see what opportunities await you in the fields of dentistry, public health, pharmacy, medicine, nursing and social work. Join us for an interactive afternoon of discovering how you can make a difference with a career in health sciences. Plus, learn what interesting volunteer opportunities are available at UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center and the Center on Human Development and Disability. 

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Northwest Climate Conference Program Now Online

The program for the 2017 Northwest Climate Conference is now online. The NW Climate Conference will be held in Tacoma from October 9th-11th, 2017 and is the region’s premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas about regional climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science and practice. The conference also provides a forum for presenting emerging policy and management goals, objectives, and information needs related to regional climate impacts and adaptation.

Other important conference deadlines:

Register by September 20th, 2017 to secure early-bird pricing. The last day to register for the conference is October 5th, 2017.

Blocks of hotel rooms have been reserved at two nearby hotels. 

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CIG part of new federal grant to fund Seattle Youth Climate Action Network

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, has announced a grant for Seattle’s “Youth Climate Action Network – Catalyzing a Community.” The grant will allow the Seattle Youth Climate Action Network (Seattle Youth CAN), now hosted by Woodland Park Zoo, to become even more rooted in community as youth work to create a plan to address climate change.

IMLS awarded nearly $150,000 to build on the momentum of Seattle Youth CAN, a program launched by Woodland Park Zoo in 2015, in partnership with the Pacific Science Center and the Seattle Aquarium working together to empower teens from each of the three institutions’ youth programs to address climate change. 

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Climate Impacts Group Provides University Leadership For New Northwest Climate Science Center

The University of Washington is the new host for the Department of the Interior’s Northwest Climate Science Center (Northwest CSC).  Boise State University, University of Montana, Washington State University and Western Washington University are also new partners in the Northwest CSC university consortium.

These five universities were selected as the CSC host and consortium partners after an open competition and extensive review by scientific experts. They will work as part of the collaborative network that defines the Northwest CSC. This includes working closely with Federal, state, and tribal entities, including those responsible for managing and protecting the land, water, and natural resources of the Northwest, to develop actionable climate science and decision support tools. 

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Registration Now Open for 2017 Northwest Climate Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 Northwest Climate Conference. This gathering will be held in Tacoma on October 10th-11th, 2017. The conference is the region’s premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas about regional climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science and practice. The conference also provides a forum for presenting emerging policy and management goals, objectives, and information needs related to regional climate impacts and adaptation.

Early registration closes on September 20th, 2017. 

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Communication of Science Session at 2017 AGU Fall Meeting

The Climate Impacts Group, in collaboration with researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, is convening a session at the 2017 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting titled Communication of Science – Practice, Research and Reflection. 

This session encourages critical reflection on science communication practices and provides an opportunity for science communication practitioners and researchers to share best practice and experiences with evaluation and research in this field. For a full session description, and to submit your abstract, please visit:

The abstract submission deadline is Wednesday, 2 August at 23:59 EDT. Please contact Heidi Roop ( with any questions. 

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From the Climate Impacts Group to King County – A new adventure for CIG’s Lara Whitely Binder

It is with both sadness and pride that we announce the departure of long-time Climate Impacts Group team member, Lara Whitely Binder. Lara will be starting her next adventure as the Climate Preparedness Specialist with King County, where she will continue to make significant contributions in building climate resilience across the region.

As a key member of the Climate Impacts Group for 16 years, Lara has become a regionally recognized leader in helping communities consider climate impacts as part of their operations and decision-making. She has assisted a wide range of municipalities, counties, state agencies, federal land managers, and tribes as they seek to embed climate thinking into their management of natural resources and infrastructure. 

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