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Science Advocacy Workshop with the Union of Concerned Scientists

Part 4 of the Climate Conversation series The Union of Concerned Scientists and the PCC are co-hosting an afternoon of skills building, discussion, and networking on Wednesday April 12 from 4-6pm. Staff from UCS will join colleagues from UW to share advocacy and professional experiences, and to run a hands-on training for communicating climate science with skeptical or hostile audiences. Attendees will walk away with next steps for engaging in science-based advocacy, including immediate, meaningful opportunities to use your expertise to advocate for climate action here in Washington, and to protect scientific integrity under the new administration. 

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Congratulations College of the Environment 2017 Award Winners!

This academic year’s College of the Environment Awards go to…. Distinguished Staff Member: David Campbell (SEFS) Exceptional Mentoring Undergrads: Ashley Maloney (OCN) Outstanding Teaching Faculty: Kerry Naish (SAFS) & Gabrielle Rocap (OCN) Outstanding Researcher: Anitra Ingalls (OCN) Outstanding Community Impact: Judy Twedt (ATMOS Grad Student); Lara Whitely Binder (CIG Staff/Faculty) Outstanding Commitment Diversity: Jessica Hernandez (SMEA) Graduate Dean’s Medalist: Katherine Heal (OCN) Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist: Robert Swan Celebrate with the award recipients at a reception on May 17th, 3:30pm-5:00pm, Fishery Sciences Building first floor lobby! 

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UW Atmos and ESS collaboration—Arctic sea ice loss and natural variability

David Battisti, Edward Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, Stephen Po-Chedley, and Ryan Eastman of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and Eric Steig of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences recently published a paper in Nature about the influence of high-latitude atmospheric circulation changes on summertime Arctic sea ice. The study found that a substantial amount of summer sea ice loss in recent decades was due to natural variability in the atmosphere over the Arctic Ocean.

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Translating science into policy: the power of boiling it down

I am not the typical graduate student. Before starting graduate school, I served as a submarine officer in the Navy for seven years. While I was on active duty, I served at a command where scientists frequently briefed us on how their research would impact our work. Sitting in many of these presentations, I noticed that the scientists often spoke exclusively in technical jargon – to the extent that the military-minded decision-makers did not know what questions to ask for clarification. 

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Many students of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences were recognized

Congratulations to PCC graduate student Marysa Lague, who was selected as one of the Husky 100 this year! A couple of PCC graduate students earned student prizes at the recent 2017 American Meteorological Society Annual meeting: (1) Michael Diamond received an honorable mention among entries in the 9aerosol section for his oral presentation on “Entrainment and Mixing of Biomass Burning Aerosol into the Namibian Stratocumulus Cloud Deck”; (2) Karl Lapo won for his oral presentation on “Testing Turbulence Schemes in Land Models During Stable Conditions”; and (3) Stephanie Rushley won among entries in the 5mjo category for her oral presentation on “Examining Changes to the Madden-Julian Oscillation in a Warmer Climate using CMIP5 Models”. 

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Antarctic ice has set an unexpected record...

"...2017 is a year that looks like what we ought to expect on a warming planet based on climate models, said Cecilia Bitz, an expert on sea ice at the University of Washington in Seattle. The confusing thing, she continued, is that other recent years have not matched the expectations created by those models at all...."

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Kristin Laidre awarded 2017 Pew Marine Fellowship

Kristin Laidre was awarded the 2017 Pew Marine Fellowship to study the effects of climate change on polar bears. Laidre's project entails working with researchers and agencies in four Arctic nations to compare data across all studied polar bear populations and compile the most comprehensive assessment to date of population status. Laidre plans to examine the potential this metric has for assessing population status.

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UW Glaciologists uncover truths about hidden lakes on West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier

UW Glaciologists, Alexander Huth and Ian Joughin,and Noel Gourmele of the University of Edinburgh used data from the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 to study a sudden drainage of large pools below Thwaites Glacier. Thwaites Glacier is one of two fast-moving glaciers at the edge of the West Antarctic ice sheet. The recently published study in The Cryosphere shows four interconnected lakes that drained in eight months. The glacier sped up by about 10 percent during that time, showing that the glacier’s long-term movement is fairly oblivious to trickles at its underside.

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