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.
Spotlight (past Spotlight features)
- (new) Call for abstracts is open - Fifth Annual PNW Climate Science Conference
Abstract submissions for oral presentations, poster presentations, and special sessions for the Fifth Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference are due by April 25, 2014. The conference will be in Seattle on Sept 9-10, 2014.
- CIG "State of Knowledge" report summarizes climate change impacts on Washington and the PNW
Learn more about projected climate impacts in this quick reference summary for decision makers. (1.14.14)
- CIG co-authors paper on choosing and using climate change scenarios
Learn more about how to select and apply climate change scenarios for ecological impacts assessments and conservation decisions in this paper published in a special edition of Conservation Biology (12.5.13)
- Latest PNW climate impacts synthesis released
Download a copy of the latest synthesis of PNW climate change impacts, prepared by regional scientists to support the U.S. National Climate Assessment (11.4.13)
- Latest global synthesis from IPCC Working Group 1 report released
Read the newly released final draft of the IPCC's fifth scientific assessment on global climate change (9.29.13)
- Watch the KOMO news report: Rising sea levels, storms could devastate Washington towns
KOMO news highlights the vulnerabilities of Washington coasts to projections of sea level rise
- Read the Seattle Times series on ocean acidification
The Seattle Times has released a comprehensive multi-media series on the science and impacts of ocean acidification.