The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary research group studying the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change (“global warming”). Research at the CIG considers climate impacts at spatial scales ranging from local communities to the entire western U.S. region, with most work focused on the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Through research and interaction with stakeholders, the CIG works to increase community and ecosystem resilience to fluctuations in climate.
The CIG focuses on the intersection of climate science and public policy/resource management. We perform fundamental research on climate and climate impacts and work with planners and policy makers to apply this information to regional decision making processes. Key areas of the group's collective expertise include but are not limited to: downscaling global climate model data; regional climate modeling; hydrologic modeling; water resources and terrestrial/aquatic ecosystem modeling and impacts assessment; coastal impacts assessment; climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning; and outreach and education.
- (new) Three Ways the West Can Adapt to Drought
Read Climate Central's article about drought adaptation in the West (4.14.15)
- (new) The White House's Champions of Change has a blog
Read Amy Snover's blog post for this national recognition (4.1.15)
- (new) CIG's director recognized as White House Champion of Change
Read about Amy Snover's award from the White House (2.5.15)
- (new) CIG researcher Meade Krosby Awarded a Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science
Read about Meade Krosby's Wilburforce fellowship (2.5.15)
- Northwest prepares for more frequent mega fires projected in the future
Collaborated research by CIG affiliate, Dave Peterson, indicates how the PNW can plan for future forest fires (2.5.15)
- CIG welcomes Dr. Se-Yeun Lee to the team
Dr. Lee joins the CIG team as a Research Scientist with expertise in hydrology (12.2.14)
- Swinomish Tribe granted honors for its planning efforts in the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative
The Swinomish collaborated with CIG to develop their adaptation strategies for the anticipated impacts on their reservation (10.30.14)