Outreach, Classes, and Seminars

CIG Weekly Seminars

Spring Quarter 2009


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The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the UW Center for Science in the Earth System (CSES) hosts weekly seminars on a variety of topics related to the scientific and social dimensions of climate variability, climate change, climate impacts assessment, and adaptation to climate impacts. Seminars are held during the academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters) and are open to the public.

CIG seminars are scheduled for:

Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00

(unless otherwise noted)

CIG seminars during winter quarter will held in:
UW Fisheries Science Bldg, Room 203 (map/parking info; UW campus map)
1122 Boat St., Seattle

Information for presenters

Current CIG Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Topic

March 31

Part 1 (20 min.)
Todd Mitchell and
Eric Salathé,

Part 2
Gordie Reeves, USFS

Part 1:
Quarterly climate update
Presentation - global, regional

Part 2:
Climate change and the freshwater life-history of Pacific salmon

Abstract / Presentation

April 7

Richard Slaughter, CSES

The climate policy dilemma:  Which way forward? 

Abstract / Presentation

Related paper (PDF), in review at The American Interest (updated 4.8.09)

*Special Seminar*
April 8

ATG 310 C
(updated time)

Bob Doppelt, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon

Change we can't live without: The theory and practice of motivating people and organizations on climate change (plus a report on the recent Copenhagen climate change conference)

Abstract / Presentation

April 14

Daniel Caya, Simulations Climatiques, Consortium Ouranos

Climate change and water management

Abstract / Presentation

April 21

Harold Mofjeld, UW School of Oceanography

Patterns in time of extreme tides and sea level rise over the 21st century: Puget Sound and the other marine waters of Washington State

Abstract / Presentation

April 28


Lilian ("Lil") (Na'ia) Alessa, Arizona State University

Why socially constructed climate change may make us vulnerable

Abstract / Presentation

May 5

Paul Kennard, Mt. Rainier National Park

Rivers gone wild: Alluvial landscape response to climate change in Mount Rainier

Abstract / Presentation (large file - 55 MB)

May 12
Jeremy Littell, CSES

Developing hydroclimatic reconstructions for water resources management in the Pacific Northwest 

Abstract / Presentation (pdf)

May 19
Chris Carlson, Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Climate change and insurance: A national and Washington State assessment

Abstract / Presentation

Related materials:

From Risk to Opportunity: Insurer Responses to Climate Change, 2008 (pdf)

NAIC Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey (2009, pdf)

NAIC report: The Potential Impact
of Climate Change on Insurance Regulation
(2008, pdf)

May 26
Matt Fontaine, Herrera Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Assessing vulnerability to natural hazards: An impact-based method and application to drought in Washington State

Abstract / Presentation

June 2

1:30-3:30 (note extended time)

CIG internal meeting
(no public seminar)

Topic: First draft of the next 5 year plan


Other UW Seminars

Other UW seminars that may be of interest include the following: