Stories of Building Climate Resilience Lecture Available to View

From Cliffs to Coasts: Stories of Building Climate Resilience, originally held live on Zoom on December 3, combines storytelling and panel discussions to highlight examples of communities and organizations building climate resilience in the Northwestern United States and Canada. Climate Impacts Group partners and scientists discuss efforts to prepare for rising sea levels and ensure wildlife across the Pacific Northwest have access to suitable habitat.

This lecture is one in a three-part series of events marking the 25th anniversary of the Climate Impacts Group. The second and third lectures will be held online in January and March, 2021. For more information and to register for these events, visit the 25th anniversary event page.

Learn more about our panelists and moderator below:

Courtney Greiner is a marine ecologist for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. She studied Environmental Science at Western Washington University and Marine Affairs at University of Washington. She has been working in the Tribe’s Fisheries Department since 2012 assisting in shellfish management and research. Her current focus is addressing climate change impacts on coastal resources and she is the project manager for the clam garden project.


Meade stands in front of water and mountains wearing a blue hat and jacketMeade Krosby is a senior scientist with the UW Climate Impacts Group. She is also the University Deputy Director of the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. Dr. Krosby works closely with land and wildlife managers to collaboratively understand and address climate impacts on species and ecosystems. Her current work includes vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning; large landscape conservation planning for climate resilience; and efforts to build climate adaptation capacity and communities of practice. Dr. Krosby received a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington. Follow Meade on Twitter: @MeadeKrosby

Harriet Morgan is a research consultant with the UW Climate Impacts Group. In close collaboration with state and local agencies, communities, and tribes, Harriet evaluates the effects of climate change on natural resources throughout the Pacific Northwest, with a special focus on species and ecosystem vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans. Harriet received a B.S. in Conservation Biology from McGill University and a M.S. in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan. Follow Harriet on Twitter: @HarrietMorgan0


Jason Ransom is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, a senior wildlife ecologist at the US National Park Service, and affiliate faculty at Colorado State University. His work is on the front lines of applied conservation science in Africa and North America. Dr. Ransom’s research focuses on restoration science, phenology of biological phenomena, behavioural adaptation to environmental change, and the importance of protected areas to landscape level conservation. Ransom works collaboratively across agencies, organisations, and diverse stakeholder groups, a practice he feels is essential to addressing even the most basic conservation challenges. Follow Jason on Twitter: @wildequids

Jen Watkins is the science, planning, and monitoring assistant division manager of the Forest Health and Resiliency Division of the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Jen is one of the founding members of the Cascadia Partner Forum, a group of individuals, organizations and communities working across boundaries to increase knowledge, coordination, and attention towards climate adaptation priority issues. Issues include ecosystem processes, natural resources, species, and management issues. Jen holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Forest Resources from the University of Washington.

Lara Whitely Binder is the climate preparedness program manager for King County, where she is responsible for leading and coordinating King County’s efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change. This includes working across County departments to integrate climate resilience into policies and practices, and strengthening regional partnerships to address shared challenges and opportunities related to climate preparedness. Prior to joining King County, Lara worked for 17 years with the Climate Impacts Group, first as a graduate student and then as professional staff advancing climate adaptation practice across the Pacific Northwest. Lara holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Evans School at the University of Washington.


Dr. Amy Snover is the director of the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. She is an innovator in linking climate science with on-the-ground needs of resource managers, planners and policymakers to ensure that Pacific Northwest people, communities and ecosystems thrive in a changing climate. She directs scientific efforts to provide the fundamental understanding, data, tools and technical support necessary for managing the climate risks. Dr. Snover was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy in 2015 and served as co-convening lead author for the Third US National Climate Assessment and lead author of the ground-breaking 2007 guidebook, Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments.

Register for our December 3 lecture. To learn more about the Climate Impacts Group’s 25th anniversary and to register for future events, visit our anniversary webpage.


CIG Project Finalist for International Competition Honoring Science Breakthroughs

A project led by Dr. Heidi Roop, formerly the strategic communications lead at the Climate Impacts Group and now assistant professor of climate science at the University of Minnesota, is a finalist for Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year. The project combines data visualizations and virtual reality to illustrate the impacts of sea level rise in South Seattle. Heidi started the project, which was funded by an EarthLab Innovation Grant, while working for the Climate Impacts Group.

As a finalist for “Falling Walls,” Heidi created a five-minute video describing her project and its impact. The video features Heidi responding to prompts ranging from: “Introduce your science engagement initiative in one sentence” and “How does society benefit from your initiative?” to “What did you want to become as a child?” The video guest stars Heidi’s eight-month-old daughter.

The “Falling Walls” competition received more than 900 submissions from 111 countries. Heidi’s video is one of 15 submissions in the “science engagement” category. One finalist from each of the ten categories, including “science engagement,” will be recognized at the Falling Walls Grand Finale on November 9.

New Guide from the Washington Coastal Resilience Project Helps Coastal Planners Use the Latest Sea Level Rise Data


  • The Washington Coastal Resilience Project team — a collaboration between the state’s Department of Ecology, the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and Washington Sea Grant — are releasing How to Choose, a guide to support the use of available sea level rise data in coastal planning and decision making.
  • The authors of this guide will lead a webinar on July 21 to provide an overview of the guide, discuss a case study and lead a Q & A period.

Fostering resilience to rising seas requires more than sea level rise projections alone. Coastal decision makers are faced with questions datasets can’t answer, such as, “Do I need to plan for what the coastline will look like in 20 years, 50 or 100? What level of risk am I willing to take given the problem I’m facing?”

Since publishing the report, Sea Level Rise in Washington State – A 2018 Assessment, members of the Coastal Resilience Project team have received ongoing inquiries from residents, local governments and other experts about how to use the data. Their new guide, How to Choose, will help coastal planners, engineers, climate adaptation specialists and other decision makers understand the various sea level rise data subsets and how to use them to make sound decisions for their particular project and community.

The guide will help users make three critical choices when using sea level rise data: selecting an appropriate time frame, weighing the probabilities of different sea level rise projections against the risk, and choosing whether to consider projections that assume a high or low level of future greenhouse gas emissions.

“Decision makers are working to ensure our coastal communities and habitats are not just functional and vibrant now, but will continue to be for decades to come,” Crystal Raymond, lead author of the paper and climate adaptation specialist at the Climate Impacts Group, says. “Improving access to sea level rise data can help them in this vital work.”

The guide is part of a suite of resources developed by the Coastal Resilience team. It is designed to accompany the sea level rise data visualization, developed by the Climate Impacts Group and Tableau and released in 2019, and other resources located on the Washington Coastal Hazards Resilience Network website.

“Our goal is to get the right tools and knowledge into the hands of local and state practitioners to help them move the dial on coastal community resilience,” says report author Nicole Faghin, a coastal management specialist at Washington Sea Grant. “This guide along with the sea level rise data visualization gets us farther down the road.”

Tuesday, July 21, Faghin will host a webinar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to walk through the guide, provide case studies, and respond to questions. Raymond and Harriet Morgan, also from the UW Climate Impacts Group, and Bobbak Talebi, Ecology, will also present.

RSVP for the webinar.

The webinar also will be recorded and shared on the network’s website.

Read How to Choose.

How to Choose is part of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project, a three-year effort funded in 2016 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The project was led by the Washington State Department of Ecology and Washington Sea Grant with partner UW Climate Impacts Group. Funding was provided by NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program, grant #NA16NOS4730015.

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Washington Sea Grant, based at the University of Washington, provides statewide marine research, outreach, and education services, helping people understand and address the challenges facing our ocean and coasts. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Since 1995, the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group has worked closely with federal, tribal, state, and other partners across the Pacific Northwest to prepare for and manage the local impacts of a changing climate. CIG is widely recognized for scientific discovery and as an experienced creator of impartial and actionable science. 




The future could look a lot like this year’s flood season

CIG Director Amy Snover is quoted in this article on recent flooding along the Snoqualmie River. “There will be no normal until we stop increasing greenhouse gas emissions, until we stop increasing the problem, Amy says. “These changes aren’t just removed, happening to some other part of the world.” CIG’s 2020 report on how climate change is affecting Earth’s oceans and frozen regions is referenced.

New report describes anticipated climate-change effects in WA State

CIG Director Amy Snover was interviewed for this blog post summarizing CIG’s recent Snowlines and Shorelines report. “That’s the happy secret of climate change,” Amy says. “There is more happening than most people know. That being said, it isn’t really enough. It’s just the beginning, and a lot more needs to be done.”

CIG releases report on effects of human activity on the ocean and cryosphere

Drawing on recent data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well as research from the Climate Impacts Group, this brief provides an overview of the importance of the ocean and the cryosphere (Earth’s frozen regions), how they are being affected by human activity and what we stand to lose if we don’t act now.