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What climate change means to our crucial snowpack

Our colleagues in the Office of the Washington State Climatologist at the University of Washington recently wrote an excellent Op-Ed on the importance and future of snowpack in the Pacific Northwest in a warming climate. “The bottom line is that year-to-year variability will continue to be the dominant effect on our snowpack over at least the next decade or two. At some point, however, these variations will be overwhelmed by a warming of the Pacific Northwest. Years such as 2015, specifically its warm winter temperatures, will become more the rule rather than the exception by about the 2050s.”

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New Actionable Science Skills-Building Webinar Series

The Northwest Climate Science Center has organized a new Actionable Climate Science Skills-Building Webinar Series. This series is designed to help those engaged in climate science research better understand the range of approaches for developing actionable science. Each webinar will explore ways to support effective collaborations between scientific researchers and natural resource managers. The first webinar will be held on April 3rd, 2018 and will feature Amy Snover & Meade Krosby.


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Climate Impacts Group welcomes new climate adaptation specialist

The Climate Impacts Group is excited to welcome Dr. Crystal Raymond to the team as our new Climate Adaptation Specialist. Crystal has a strong background working within organizations to translate climate risks to management concerns and incorporate climate change risk reduction perspectives into decision-making.

“Crystal’s experience doing on-the-ground climate adaptation work with federal agencies, regional collaboratives, and local government, combined with her strong grounding in research science and terrific communication skills, will be of broad benefit to our region,” says Amy Snover, Director. “She brings practical insight into the realities of climate risk management within complex organizations with multiple competing pressures and priorities. 

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College of the Environment Seminar Series on Critical Interdisciplinary Problems

UW students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the inaugural UW College of the Environment Critical Interdisciplinary Problems Seminar Series lecture on March 6th at 4:30 PM in the SAFS Auditorium.

The theme of the inaugural seminar is “West Coast Wildfires: What are the Key Scientific Issues?’. After a year of major wildfires from British Columbia to southern California, with dozens of deaths and damage in the tens of billions of dollars, western wildfires are clearly one of the key environmental issues for the region.  This seminar will explore what we know regarding the origins of the problem and discuss some of the key scientific, technical, and societal issues that must be addressed. 

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New CIG Report: Nooksack Indian Tribe Natural Resources Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

CIG researchers Harriet Morgan and Meade Krosby recently completed an natural resources vulnerability assessment for the Nooksack Indian Tribe. Working collaboratively with the Tribe’s Natural Resource staff, CIG evaluated the climate change vulnerability of priority species and habitats for the Tribe. Information provided in this assessment offers a rigorous foundation for future climate adaptation efforts aimed at addressing climate risks to the Nooksack Tribe’s priority species and habitats. You can read more about the project here, download the assessment and explore a range of species-specific factsheets.


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Phi Beta Kappa Winter Reception Featuring Amy Snover

Climate Impacts Group Director, Amy Snover, will be featured at the Phi Beta Kappa, UW Chapter Winter Reception on February 15th, 2018 at 5:30 PM. Join for a discussion about navigating the personal, institutional and societal pressures on expression in politically-conflicted contexts.

February 15th, 2018 from 5:30- 7:00 PM | Petersen Room, 4th Floor Allen Library, University of Washington Seattle Campus


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Art Meets Science Atop Mt. Rainier

Art Meets Science Atop Mt. Rainier

Wednesday, February 21st | 7-8 PM |  UW Center for Urban Horticulture

Admission is complementary, please RSVP by 2/16 (see below)

Join the Nature Conservancy, University of Washington and the National Park Service for a dynamic discussion about Washington’s changing glaciers and to view stunning new photographs that compare century-old images with today’s changing glaciers. CIG’s Heidi Roop will discuss building capacity to act and adapt to our changing climate.


John Marshall, Photographer
Jon Reidel, Geologist, National Park Service, North Cascades National Park
Julie Morse, Senior Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
Heidi Roop, Research Scientist & Communications Lead, UW Climate Impacts Group


Phil Levin, Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy; Professor of Practice, UW College of Environmental and Forest Sciences


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Climate Change & Equity – A Community Conversation

Join UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Front and Centered, the Climate Impacts Group, Urban@UW, and UW School of Public Health for an evening discussion about climate change and equity in Washington State on February 21st, 2018 at 5:30 PM.

Front and Centered, Urban@UW, the Climate Impacts Group and the UW School of Public Health & Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences are working on two climate and environmental justice research projects that will be completed later this year:

1) An environmental justice map of Washington State that overlays population vulnerabilities (e.g. health & income) with environmental burdens (e.g. 

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UW Event on Climate Policy in Washington State

Join us for a diverse panel discussion on climate impacts and carbon policy in Washington State.

Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00 PM | UW Seattle Campus, Kane Hall 120

Space is limited so please RSVP:


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New Publication on the Influence of Climate Change on Stream Temperatures Across the Northwest

A team of researchers from NOAA, UW, USGS and USDA published new research using high-resolution remotely-sensed water temperature data to characterize the distribution of summer water temperature in over 7,000 miles of rivers and streams across the Pacific Northwest and northern California. This research helps to identify the potential influences of climate change on the availability of cold-water habitat for species like salmon. CIG’s Se-Yeun Lee is a collaborator on this project, which was funded by the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative. 

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