New paper about carbon cycling in Pacific coastal wetlands

A group of scientists led by Karen Thorne of the USGS Western Ecological Research Center and funded by the Northwest Climate Science Center recently published a paper from their study of coastal wetlands in the journal Ecosystems. The paper describes the results of their experiments across a
 latitudinal and climate gradient of tidal marshes in the Northeast Pacific to evaluate how climate change may affect the ability of coastal wetlands to cycle and sequester carbon. Results could help land managers build climate resilience into coastal wetlands. For more information contact Christopher Janousek at

The March Issue of NW Climate Science Digest Is Out

Have you checked out the latest issue of Northwest Climate Science Digest? It features articles about climate impacts to migratory birds, snowpack in the Cascade Mountains, temperate drylands, invasive species, sea level rise and so much more. You can also search our online database of archived issues here. NW CSC produces the monthly Northwest Climate Digest with our partners at the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Would you like to receive future issues via e-mail? Sign up for your free subscription here. Are you interested in seeing your science featured in an upcoming issue? E-mail

Forest Effects on Snow in the Pacific Northwest

Across the Northwest, melt-off from mountain snowpack is an important source of summer water, supporting irrigation, native fish and hydropower. A new paper in the journal Hydrological Processes examines how alpine forest cover influences snowpack, providing insights that will help managers protect regional sources of summer water. The study was funded by the Northwest Climate Science Center and was undertaken as a collaborative effort between researchers at University of Washington, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and Seattle Public Utilities. Susan Dickerson-Lange, lead author on the paper will present the results at the 2017 Salmon Recovery Conference next month.