Publications

Shifting Snowlines and Shorelines: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere and Implications for Washington State (2020)

Citation

Roop, H.A., G.S. Mauger, H. Morgan, A.K. Snover, and M. Krosby, 2020. “Shifting Snowlines and Shorelines: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere and Implications for Washington State.” Briefing paper prepared by the Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, Seattle. DOI: doi.org/10.6069/KTVN-WY66. Updated 01/2020.


Abstract

Climate change is altering the cryosphere (Earth’s frozen regions) and the ocean, which in turn affects our communities, economies and the environment. Drawing on recent data from the IPCC as well as research from the Climate Impacts Group, this brief overviews the importance of the ocean and cryosphere, how they are being affected by human activity and what we stand to lose if we don’t act now. This 10-page brief is intended to guide regional planners, land managers, scientists and members of the public in making decisions to build a climate-resilient Northwest.