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David Battisti and Tom Ackerman talk about geoengineering in the NYT

David Battisti and Tom Ackerman of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences were quoted in The New York Times this past week. When talking about the uncertainty of putting aerosols in the atmosphere Battisti said it is “not obvious to me that we can reduce the uncertainty to anywhere near a tolerable level — that is, to the level that there won’t be unintended consequences that are really serious". Ackerman said that “we are doing an experiment now that we don’t understand" when talking about the risk of starting to geoengineer.

Read more at The New York Times

David Bonan, PCC Undergraduate Assistant, interviews Inez Fung

The undergraduate assistant for the PCC, David Bonan, interviewed Dr. Inez Fung during her visit to the University of Washington as the 2017 Distinguished Visiting Atmospheric Scientist Lecturer. They discussed the current state of climate and climate change research, better climate communication, and her relationship with a close colleague of hers that recently passed away, Piers Sellers.  

Read "Making the Esoteric Pertinent: A talk with Inez Fung"

Spring Symposium on April 8-a new event organized by PCC graduate students

The first annual PCC Spring Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 9:00am-5:30pm in the Fisheries Sciences Building's Auditorium and Lobby. This graduate student-organized event will include a wide range of talks by PCC graduate students and postdocs throughout the day, as well as an afternoon poster session with beer/wine and hors d'oeuvres. This promises to be a great event with 60 people already registered to attend! All are welcome to attend all or part of the day even if they did not have a chance to register! We hope this event will help strengthen the PCC community by providing opportunities for networking, particularly between grad students and postdocs. By keeping the presentations fairly short we hope to provide the opportunity for as many people as possible to share their research with the community. Understanding what others, especially in other departments, are working on with respect to climate is critical for generating the kind of interdisciplinary collaborations central to the PCC. It also gives you a chance to learn to whom you should be directing your ocean circulation/carbon budget/vector-borne disease/etc. questions! For questions, contact symposium organizer Paige Logan, All are welcome.

Check out the day's schedule!

Climate change is not in the future but is here and now

“The present consequences of climate change are severe, and will be more so for the next generation.” Read the op-ed by Paul Johnson to the Seattle Times published March 31, 2017. Paul Johnson in a professor of oceanography here at UW who has been co-teaching an undergraduate course titled “Climate Extremes” for over 20 years. 

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GCeCS and Capstone Meeting: April 4 at 2:30

The Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (GCeCS) combines coursework and a capstone experience, and one important step is identifying a capstone project. To help students frame a project, and to connect with mentors/project partners, we are holding an informal gathering on April 4 from 2:30-3:30 in OCN 310. We will divide into small groups, and those interested in education will have the opportunity to learn more about our annual workshop with high school teachers. 

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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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