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Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Washington State: Technical Summaries for Decision Makers (2013)
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Washington State: Technical Summaries for Decision Makers summarizes existing knowledge about the likely effects of climate change on Washington State and the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on research since 2007.
The report provides technical summaries detailing observed and projected changes for Washington's climate, water resources, forests, species and ecosystems, coasts and ocean, infrastructure, agriculture, and human health in an easy-to-read summary format designed to complement the foundational literature from which it draws. The report also describes climate change adaptation activities underway across the state and data resources available to support local adaptation efforts.
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Washington State was prepared for the Washington State Department of Ecology.
Individual chapter downloads (PDF):
- Executive Summary (with Front Matter)
- Section 1: How Are Global and National Climate Changing?
- Section 2: How Is Pacific Northwest Climate Changing? (minor update 3.31.14; see inside cover of full report for details))
- Section 3: Making Sense of the New Climate Change Scenarios
- Section 4: How Are Global and National Climate Projected to Change?
- Section 5: How Is Pacific Northwest Climate Projected to Change?
- Section 6: How Will Climate Change Affect Water in Washington? (minor update 3.31.14; see inside cover of full report for details)
- Section 7: How Will Climate Change Affect Forests in Washington?
- Section 8: How Will Climate Change Affect Plants and Animals in Washington?
- Section 9: How Will Climate Change Affect the Coast and Ocean in Washington?
- Section 10: How Will Climate Change Affect Infrastructure in Washington?
- Section 11: How Will Climate Change Affect Agriculture in Washington?
- Section 12: How Will Climate Change Affect Human Health in Washington?
- Appendix: Bibliography: Key References on Climate Change
Published by Island Press
Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities assesses the state of knowledge about key climate impacts and consequences to various sectors and communities in the Pacific Northwest. It was developed to accompany the 2014 National Climate Assessment and draws on a wealth of peer-reviewed literature and earlier state-level assessment reports conducted for Washington (2009) and Oregon (2010). As an assessment, it summarizes the key climate change topics as reflected in the growing body of Northwest climate change science, impacts, and adaptation literature currently available.
This report serves as an updated resource for scientists, stakeholders, decision makers, students, and community members interested in understanding and preparing for climate change impacts on Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. This more detailed, foundational report is intended to support the key findings presented in the Northwest chapter of the Third National Climate Assessment.
The 271-page report, which draws on the expertise of dozens of scientists and subject-matter experts within the region, was edited by Meghan Dalton and Phil Mote (Oregon Climate Change Research Institute) and Amy Snover (Climate Impacts Group).
Access the report from the following links:
- Downloadable PDF (4 MB)
- Two page summary
- Purchase a hardcopy from Island Press
- Read the joint UW/OSU press release about the report
Read more press releases about the report:
- Grim report on climate change in the Northwest from Q13 FOX
- What climate change means for Northwest's rivers, coasts and forests from OPB's Earthfix
The Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment report is a comprehensive look at how climate change may affect key sectors of Washington's natural and built environment, including agriculture, coasts, energy, forests, human health, salmon, urban stormwater infrastructure, and water supply. Funding for the study was provided by the Washington State Legislature.
Information from the assessment is available in a variety of formats. PDF copies of the full report, as well as individual report chapters, are provided below. Journal articles based on the Washington Assessment were published in 2010 as part of a special issue of the journal Climatic Change. Contact CIG to request a copy of a chapter's journal article. Finally, presentations and other materials from a one day conference on the assessment hosted by the CIG in February 2009 are available on the WACCIA conference website.
Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments is designed to help local, regional, and state governments prepare for climate change by recommending a detailed, easy-to-understand process for climate change preparedness based on familiar resources and tools. The guidebook was co-authored by the Climate Impacts Group and King County (Washington). ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability was a contributing partner. Since it's release in 2007, more than 3,000 copies of the guidebook have been distributed worldwide.
|Full guidebook and Individual Sections
|Download the complete guidebook (5.6 MB)|
Front Matter (3.2 MB)
Table of Contents (144 kb)
Executive Summary (147 kb)
Key Terms (124 kb)
Suggested Checklist (110 kb)
Chapter 14 - Sources (361 kb)
Appendices (2.7 MB)
Back Cover (233 kb)