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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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CIG to co-host event on urban environmental justice

The complex interplay between urban development, climate change and environmental and social justice is the focus of a two-day symposium to be held at the University of Washington Nov. 7 and 8. The free, public event will feature speakers from around the country and panel discussions on topics ranging from urban population health to teaching about environmental justice. The event will be co-hosted by Urban UW and the UW Climate Impacts Group. 

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CIG Data Featured on New White House Climate Data Site

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has launched the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PReP) initiative, a new public-private collaboration which aims to increase the accessibility of climate data that can help communities and businesses to successfully adapt to climate change. This initiative features data from the Climate Impacts Group recent report, State of Knowledge: Climate Change in Puget Sound. 

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