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Understanding Recent Warming in Washington State

Wondering about the new analysis that finds average temperatures in Washington have warmed more slowly than any other state in the country? Want to know why? Kim Malcolm of KUOW talked with CIG’s Joe Casola and the Seattle Times interviewed Washington State Climatologist, Nick Bond, to learn more about the role of the Pacific Ocean and why timescales matter when considering climate trends. Listen to and read their insights here:

CIG’s Deputy Director, Joe Casola, on KUOW.
WA State Climatologist, Nick Bond, in the Seattle Times.

“Bond said he’s not surprised to hear that Washington’s climate hasn’t warmed quite as much as other states in the past 3o years. 

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Snover Shares Climate Resilience Message at Science Immersion Workshop

Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impact Group, recently joined the Metcalf Institute’s 2018 Science Immersion Workshop in Rhode Island. As an invited expert, Amy interacted shared CIG’s message about climate resilience with journalists from around the world. Melissa Ross, host and producer of WJCT‘s First Coast Connect in Jacksonville, FL reports on her experience and what she learned, including one of CIG’s central messages: “We must challenge deeply held assumptions about the stability of the global climate that are embedded in our laws and institutions.” 

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Upcoming lectures as part of WA Sea Grant director search

Please join Washington Sea Grant and the UW College of the Environment for four public seminars presented by candidates for the position of Director of Washington Sea Grant. Each candidate will address the questions: “What does success look like for Washington Sea Grant over the next 5-10 years, and how would your specific experiences and approaches enable us to get there together? All seminars will be held in Fishery Sciences Building, Room 102 on the University of Washington Seattle campus. Remote participation also available. 

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Snover to present at URI’s Metcalf Institute: “How Will We Handle a World with No ‘Normal’?”

CIG’s Director, Amy Snover, will give a lecture at the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute. The lecture will be held at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus on Thursday, June 14th at 3:30 PM (EST). Snover will also serve as a climate expert at the Metcalf Institute’s 20th annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. 

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Upcoming Actionable Science Webinar: The Role of Communication in Knowledge Co-Production (June 5th)

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center’s next Actionable Climate Science Skills-building Webinar is Tuesday, June 5th at 11:00 AM (PT)! Don’t miss the chance to register for “The Role of Communication in Knowledge Co-Production” with Heidi Roop from the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and Darcy Widmayer from the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. Space is limited!

 

Arbor Group to host climate change event with Amy Snover on June 6th, 2018

Join University of Washington Climate Impacts Group Director, Amy Snover, for a briefing on the impacts of climate change for our region and communities. Dr. Snover will share the science behind what we know about when, where and how climate change will unfold in the Puget Sound area and across Washington state, as well as the impacts of concern for local communities, businesses and natural systems. She will describe efforts being made to both prevent and prepare for these effects, including examples of how concern about local impacts is catalyzing action by our city, county and state governments. She will discuss innovative new approaches to science and community partnership, pioneered by the Climate Impacts Group, that enable the development of new knowledge that supports local decision makers seeking to identify and address emerging climate risks. 

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Upcoming Webinar: Stream Temperature Handbook Update (May 3rd)

Join the Climate Impacts Group and partners for an upcoming webinar on May 3rd from 11AM- 12PM PT about our collaborative Stream Temperature Handbook project. The Stream Temperature Handbook is designed to assist land, water, and habitat managers as they prepare for future climate impacts and will include brief summaries of available data sources and models, a user-oriented guide to help readers select appropriate data/models that fit their decision needs, and a set of case studies. This work is supported by the USGS NW Climate Adaptation Science Center, and includes partners from the USGS and NOAA.

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Upcoming Actionable Science Webinar: Introduction to Collaborative Research Methods (May 1st)

The Northwest Climate Science Center’s next Actionable Climate Science Skills-building Webinar is Tuesday, May 1st at 11:00 AM (PT)! Don’t miss the chance to register for “An Introduction to Collaborative Research Methods” with Alison Meadow from the University of Arizona. Space is limited!

 

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Seattle Thinks It Knows Rain. Climate Change Begs to Differ.

This article, featuring CIG science and comment from Research Scientist Guillaume Mauger, considers climate change, extreme weather, and if Seattle’s infrastructure is ready.

This article was also published in the Pacific Standard

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CIG Science at Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference 2018

Attending the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference April 4-6th, 2018? Be sure to check out the range of CIG science being shared at this gathering. CIG researchers will cover topics including sea-level rise in Washington, culverts and climate change, flood-plain management, changing stream temperatures, mapping and more!

Here is a complete list of presentations, posters and snapshot talks that include researchers from the Climate Impacts Group:

Oral Presentations

Sea level rise guidance for nearshore habitat restoration in Puget Sound

Harriet Morgan, Nicole Faghin, Jay Krienitz, Tish Conway-Cranos

4 April 2018 • 10:45 – 11:00 AM

Sea level rise guidance for Assessing harmful algal bloom risk in Puget Sound: a coupled modeling-data analysis approach

Dana Woodruff, Taiping Wang, Stephanie Moore, Zhaoqing Yang, Ning Sun, Jerry Borchert, Audrey Coyne, Guillaume Mauger, Valerie Cullinan

4 April 2018 • 1:30 – 1:45 PM

Space matters: incorporating mechanistically determined spatial patterns into projected impacts of climate change on stream temperature

Se-Yeun Lee, Aimee H. 

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