We at the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Nicole DeCrappeo as our first ever Deputy Director! Nicole started her tenure with the NW CSC in 2012 as Research Coordinator, handling our science portfolio and data and communication products. She proved integral to NW CSC functions while progressively taking on more and bigger tasks over time. It is our great pleasure to see her formally increase her leadership role within the NW CSC.
Sarah Frey, a Postdoctoral Scholar at Oregon State University with funding from the NW CSC, is lead author on a recent paper about the insulating effects that old growth forests have on microclimate. Her team found that old growth forests were capable of decreasing maximum spring monthly temperatures by 2.5°C. These cooling effects are of similar magnitude to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s forecasts for warming over the next 50 years. Conserving old-growth could help maintain important microrefugia in mountainous systems under global warming.
Northwest Climate Science Center-funded scientists at the University of Washington have developed new techniques to remotely track the location and size of wetlands, as well as their response to climate change. These methods will help protect a critical ecosystem component, responsible for mitigating floods, purifying water and providing habitat for frog, birds, salamanders and many other beloved species. For more see the full story here.