New Paper by NW CSC Graduate Fellow, Diana Gergel

Northwest Climate Science Center University of Washington Graduate Fellow, Diana Gergel, is lead author on a new paper in Climatic Change. In it she and her co-authors evaluated the implications of ten twenty-first century climate scenarios for snow, soil moisture, and fuel moisture across the conterminous western U.S. using the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) hydrology model. They projected declines in mountain snowpack, advances in the timing of spring melt, reductions in snow season and in summer soil moisture and increases in fire potential. More information and a link to the full article are available here.


Submit Your Abstracts Now for the 2017 Northwest Climate Conference

Organizers have announced the call for abstracts for the 8th Annual Northwest Climate Conference –Working Together to Build a Resilient Northwest. As sponsors of this event, NW CSC invites you to submit abstracts for special sessions, oral presentations, and posters. Submissions are requested for a range of topics focused on climate and adaptation. Presentations and special sessions that connect science to management and implementation of adaptation actions are encouraged. Emphasis is on talks that are comprehensible to a wide audience on topics of broad interest. For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.


NW CSC Welcomes Chas Jones as Tribal Liaison

We are thrilled to announce that Chas Jones will soon join the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) to become the first official Tribal Liaison to the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC). Dr. Jones is an interdisciplinary expert in the dynamic interactions between climate, water, ecology, and society. He received a Ph.D. in hydrology from the University of Alaska, where he combined traditional knowledge and science to assess exposure of indigenous people to the impacts of climate change. As a postdoctoral researcher with the Environmental Protection Agency, he investigated hydrologic vulnerability to climate change across the continental U.S. He has also worked collaboratively with tribal, local, state, and federal agencies, private business, and academic institutions in the southwestern U.S. to develop river and riparian restoration plans that benefit endangered species. As Tribal Liaison to the NW CSC, Dr. Jones will serve a key role in the delivery of climate change-related services to the tribal community in the Northwest, consistent with the objectives of the NW CSC Tribal Engagement Strategy. Please join us in welcoming Chas.


Congratulations to Ian Breckheimer!

The National Science Foundation recently awarded NW CSC Graduate Fellow Ian Breckheimer a postdoctoral fellowship to support his research with Andrew Richardson at Harvard University. He'll start his new position on November 1st, combining information about plants from digital collections, volunteer citizen-scientists, and cutting-edge computer algorithms with environmental information from satellites and weather stations to study how climate impacts reproductive timing in mountain wildflowers. Breckheimer's work will develop new ways of monitoring biodiversity and help explain how geographic distributions and species responses affect climate vulnerability in plants.

Ultimately, Breckheimer's work will improve our ability to forecast the economic and ecological impacts of climate change and other environmental change. 

Currently Breckheimer is currently a graduate student in the University of Washington's Department of Biology. For his dissertation, Ian used experiments and long-term observations to tease apart which locations in the Mount Rainier National Park are the most sensitive and most resilient to climate change impacts.