UW Climate Impacts Group scientists present at NWCC

The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group is hosting the 11th annual, first-time virtual Northwest Climate Conference from April 6 to April 8 – and several members of the team are presenting their work, as well!

For over a decade, this conference has provided a networking and learning community for practitioners, scientists, tribal members and community organizers interested in climate change impacts and adaptation in the Northwest. The NWCC is committed to supporting equitable climate adaptation outcomes and building equity and diversity in climate science, policy, and adaptation practice.

If you’re attending, don’t miss presentations from UW Climate Impacts Group research scientists. You can also view the complete schedule here.


Day 1  |  Tuesday, April 6

Concurrent Morning Sessions | 9:40-10:40 a.m.

Infrastructure and Coastal Impacts 1: Coastal Community Impacts and Adaptation

Mary Ann Rozance, postdoctoral fellow, Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, will moderate

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions | 12:40-1:40 p.m.

Infrastructure and Coastal Impacts 3: Climate-adapted culvert design in Washington state: from science to policy

Guillaume Mauger, research scientist, UW Climate Impacts Group, and colleagues

Talk: Climate-Adapted Culvert Design in Washington State: From Science to Policy 

Lightning Talk Networking Sessions | 1:30-2 p.m.

Decision Support/Managing Uncertainty; Ecosystems and Species; Agriculture

Tim Sheehan, postdoctoral fellow, UW Climate Impacts Group

Talk: Climate, health and at-risk communities: A spatial decision support tool for mitigating disproportionate health effects of climate on disadvantaged communities 

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions | 2:10-3:10 p.m.

Ecosystems and Species 2: Large-Scale Conservation Planning

Meade Krosby, senior scientist, UW Climate Impacts Group

Talk: The Cascadia Conservation Climate Adaptation Strategy: A collaborative, large-landscape approach to adaptation planning and implementation

Youth Presentations 3: The Tomorrow Project – Come make a reusable bag!

Erica Asinas, research scientist, UW Climate Impacts Group, will moderate alongside students from the Tomorrow Project


Day 2  |  Wednesday, April 7

University/Research Careers Mentoring Session | 9:40-10:10 a.m.

Amy Snover, director, UW Climate Impacts Group

Guillaume Mauger, research scientist, UW Climate Impacts Group

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions | 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Wildfire, Smoke, and Forest 2: Managing post-fire, climate-induced vegetation transitions in the Northwest: A synthesis of existing knowledge and research needs

Mary Ann Rozance, postdoctoral fellow, Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

Meade Krosby, senior scientist, UW Climate Impacts Group

Government and Community Action 1: Community-Level Based Planning Tools

Crystal Raymond, climate adaptation specialist, UW Climate Impacts Group, and Jessica Halofsky

Talk: The climate change adaptation library: facilitating climate-smart resource management in the Western United States 

Harriet Morgan, researcher, UW Climate Impacts Group

Talk: Extreme precipitation: A tool to help stormwater and wastewater engineers plan for the future 

Lightning Talk Networking Sessions | 1:30-2 PM

Decision Support/Managing Uncertainty; Ecosystems and Species; Agriculture

Tim Sheehan, postdoctoral fellow, UW Climate Impacts Group

Talk: Climate, health and at-risk communities: A spatial decision support tool for mitigating disproportionate health effects of climate on disadvantaged communities 


Day 3  |  Thursday, April 8

Morning Plenary: Economic and Financial Implications of Climate Risk for Pacific Northwest Cities, Counties, and Tribes | 8-9:10 AM

Erica Asinas, research scientist, UW Climate Impacts Group

Talk: Best practices and challenges for climate risk economic exposure education

Concurrent Morning Sessions | 9:30-10:30 AM

Government and Community Climate Action 3: Government Agency Response

Mary Ann Rozance, postdoctoral fellow, Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, will moderate

Concurrent Morning Sessions | 10:50-11:50 AM

Climate Variability and Change 2: Human Health

Tim Sheehan, postdoctoral fellow, UW Climate Impacts Group, will moderate

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions | 12:20-1:20 PM

Climate Variability and Change 3: Advancements in understanding Climate change over the PNW using the new CMIP6 Climate models (Special Session)

Matt Rogers, research scientist, UW Climate Impacts Group, and colleagues

Lightning Talk Networking Sessions | 1:30-2 PM

Decision Support/Managing Uncertainty; Ecosystems and Species; Agriculture

Tim Sheehan, postdoctoral fellow, UW Climate Impacts Group

Talk: Climate, health and at-risk communities: A spatial decision support tool for mitigating disproportionate health effects of climate on disadvantaged communities 


Register Today for the Northwest Climate Conference

Registration for the 2021 Northwest Climate Conference, taking place April 6-8, is now available! You can register here for either general registration ($150), student registration ($25), or apply to be considered for a full scholarship.

This conference is for everyone working to build a climate-resilient Northwest. It has provided a learning and networking community for practitioners, scientists, community organizers, tribal members and others interested in climate change for over a decade. Please review the agenda and list of lightning talks that will be available, and keep an eye on our website for more details regarding plenary speakers, youth presentations, networking opportunities and more. Remember, our content will be available to all registrants for six months after the event — you don’t want to miss out! We hope you will join us for the Pacific Northwest’s premier regional climate change conference in April!


DEADLINE FOR NW CLIMATE CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS EXTENDED TO 12/4

** THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ABSTRACTS FOR THE NORTHWEST CLIMATE CONFERENCE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4. **

The Northwest Climate Conference Program Committee invites practitioners, scientists, tribal members and community organizers working to build a climate-resilient Northwest to submit abstracts for the 11th Northwest Climate Conference. Abstracts are due Friday, December 4. The 11th Northwest Climate Conference, hosted by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, will take place online on April 6-8, 2021. 

We welcome abstracts for oral presentations, poster presentations and special sessions. A special session is for a group of speakers who would like to work together to present on different aspects of a common theme. An oral presentation is for individual speakers who would like their presentation to stand alone instead of fitting into a larger theme. Just one member of a group needs to submit a special session proposal, but all special session presenters must submit an oral presentation abstract. In the oral presentation abstract form, you may indicate whether you plan to participate in a special session. 

Special Sessions Abstract Submission 

Oral Presentation Abstract Submission 

Poster Abstract Submission 


The Program Committee welcomes submissions on a range of themes and topics related to climate science, impacts, adaptation and management decisions. We welcome presentations on work that links science, decision makers and communities.

The Northwest Climate Conference is committed to building equity and diversity in climate science, policy, and adaptation practice and supporting equitable climate adaptation outcomes. Abstracts related to these topics are strongly encouraged. If you know of organizations involved in this work, please share the call for abstracts with those organizations.

In addition to soliciting presentations that specifically address climate justice and equitable climate outcomes, all submitting authors are asked to consider how their work connects to issues of diversity and equity, and how the conference can better support equity and diversity in climate science, policy, and adaptation practice.

The Program Committee will group abstracts primarily by theme and secondarily by topic. Topics of broad interest that are approachable for a wide audience are strongly encouraged. 


Cost of Attending the 11th Northwest Climate Conference

We anticipate that registration costs for the 11th NWCC will be in the same range as they have been in past years: from $150-$200 for the full conference. We will also offer a discounted rate for students, frontline and under-represented communities and certain individuals who demonstrate financial need. The exact cost structure will be posted as soon as possible.

Please keep in mind that your overall cost for conference attendance is likely to be lower than in past years since there will be no travel or hotel per diems for a virtual conference. While the total cost of attending the Climate Conference will decrease, the cost of holding the conference will remain about the same. There are additional expenses associated with the logistics and technology necessary to hold a virtual conference.

We recognize that many individuals, communities and institutions are facing unprecedented financial challenges due to COVID-19 and the associated economic fallout. We intend to subsidize participation by students, frontline communities, and under-represented stakeholders. We also understand that financial hardships have hit many individuals and institutions who might not conventionally be considered “in need.” Stay tuned for opportunities to apply for a subsidy or scholarship to attend the Climate Conference. More information will be posted as it becomes available.


The Northwest Climate Conference provides a unique opportunity to learn from and connect with a diverse community of experts fostering a more climate-resilient Northwest. The event brings together practitioners, scientists, tribal communities and decision makers to share knowledge, ideas and best practices related to climate change science, impacts and adaptation in the Pacific Northwest.