Climate science conferences are great opportunities to reach a range of public audiences with current climate science information. A new paper reports results of efforts made by planners of the 2015 Northwest Climate Conference in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to reach local communities with climate information. Jeffrey Hicke, a University of Idaho (UI) researcher with Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) funding, Steve Daley-Laursen, the UI Director of the NW CSC, and John Abatzoglou, another NW CSC-funded UI researcher, are authors. The paper is titled “Using Scientific Conferences to Engage the Public on Climate Change” and was published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
Submissions are currently being accepted for the 7th annual Northwest Climate Science Conference to be held at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA from November 14-16, 2016. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations, as well as proposals for special sessions, are due by 11pm on Friday, July 22. Submissions are requested for a range of topics related to regional climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science and practice. The goal of this conference is to create a dialogue between scientists and managers, which means speaking in a shared language. In this spirit of moving toward better communications, for the first time ever organizers will be accepting video abstracts.
The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers received honorable mention for the inaugural Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources for their outstanding work in raising awareness and addressing the impacts of climate change on the nation’s natural resources. In addition, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community won an award for their efforts to address climate risks and, through a NW CSC-supported project, examine potential climate change impacts to important natural and cultural resources and community health. Learn more here.