Summer Institute Details and Archive

2017: “Climate Change and Population Health” led by LuAnne Thompson (UW Oceanography/PCC Director) and Cecilia Bitz (UW Atmospheric Sciences/PCC Director-Elect).

The annual University of Washington Program on Climate Change Summer Institute will take place September 13-15, 2017, in Friday Harbor, WA.  The topic this summer is “Population Health and Climate Change”.  This workshop will bring together climate scientists with social and health sciences to talk about the observed and projected impacts of climate change to population health.  We will be discussing the challenges that climate change brings to food and water security, human health, and population disruption. As of 7/10/2017 we have 9 confirmed invited speakers (listed below) and two pending (not shown).

Name Institution Topic
Kristie Ebi UW Global Health Health and climate change
Eddie Allison UW SMEA Marine Food
Faisal Hossain UW CEE Water in the developing world
Andy Rhines UW Atmos Extreme events and climate
Jeremy Hess UW Global Health Heat extremes
Beth Fussell Brown Migration and disasters
Clarita Lefthand-Begay UW I School Climate change and Native Americans
Claudia Tebaldi NCAR Climate Change, Crops, and Marine Food
William Boos UC Berkeley Tropical Climate Change and impacts on food and water security

Schedule:  We begin after lunch on Wed. Sept. 13 (planning around the 11:55 ferry from Anacortes to FH) and end at lunch (bag lunches provided) on Friday Sept. 15.  Detailed Agenda will be distributed and posted later in the summer.

Additional information and links:

    1. We are now at capacity. You may still register to be put on a waitlist, and it is likely that space will open up as we approach the end of August and we get cancellations. Those first on the waitlist will be the first off, so do register ASAP.  Registration Link.
    2. Submit Abstract for invited talk, quick talk or poster (on any climate related topic)—accepted until 5pm on Friday Sept. 8
      Want to share your research through a quick talk or poster?  Are you an invited speaker? Submit your abstract through this link:
    3. Participate in the Carpool —
      Carpools and ferry reservations are being arranged.  We will need volunteer drivers of minivans, and if you are driving your own vehicle and participate in the carpool, the PCC will reimburse your ferry costs.
      To join the carpool, be a driver for the carpool or accommodate passengers in your vehicle, please fill out the survey before August 28 (if you are willing to drive, the sooner you tell me the better!):
    4. Two paper discussions are scheduled, both are “strongly recommended” for participating students and postdocs. These discussions provide a foundation for getting more out of the presentations at the SI.

Thursday August 31, 1:30-3 in OCN 425, Led by LuAnne Thompson, PCC Director and Oceanography faculty

Carleton, T.A. and Hsiang S.M (2016) Social and economic impacts of climate, Science Sep 9; 353
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad9837

Tuesday September 5, 1:30-3 in OCN 425, Led by Cecilia Bitz, PCC Director-Elect and Atmospheric Sciences faculty. Two readings are listed below. If the material is new to you, spend more time on the first paper. If you are already familiar with this topic, skim the IPCC document quickly and spend more time on the second paper. Both will be discussed.

IPCC, 2012: Summary for Policymakers. In: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [Field, C.B., V. Barros, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, D.J. Dokken, K.L. Ebi, M.D. Mastrandrea, K.J. Mach, G.-K. Plattner, S.K. Allen, M. Tignor, and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, and New York, NY, USA, pp. 1-19.

Meehl, G.A., C. Tebaldi, and D. Adams-Smith, US daily temperature records past, present, and future, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., vol. 113, pp. 13977-13982, doi:10.1073/pnas.1606117113.

Questions? Contact Miriam at
(updated July 27, 2017)

2016: “The Climate of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean” led by Cecilia Bitz, UW Atmospheric Sciences.

2015: “Terrestrial Ecosystems, Land Surface, and Climate Change” led by Abby Swann, UW Atmospheric Sciences, Biology.

2014: “Climate Variability and Uncertainty” led by Dargan Frierson, UW Atmospheric Sciences.

2013: “Response of Marine Ecosystems to Climate Forcing: Causes and Consequences” led by Julie Keister, UW Oceanography.

2012: “Atmosphere-Ocean-Ice Shelf Interactions.” led by Eric Steig (ESS) and Mark Warner (Oceanography).

2011: “The Water Cycle in a Changing Climate” led by Chris Bretheron (ATM S), Eric Steig (ESS), Jessica Lundquist (Civil/Environmental Engineering), & Dargan Frierson (ATM S).

2010: “Climate Feedbacks.” led by Dargan Frierson, UW Atmospheric Sciences.

2009: “Pacific Northwest Climate: Past, Present and Future.” led by Nate Mantua (SAFS).

2008: “Does Ocean Circulation Matter for Climate Change?” led by LuAnne Thompson, Julian Sachs and David Battisti.

2007:”Couplings Between Changes in the Climate System and Biogeochemistry” led by Jim Murray, Oceanography.

2006: “Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions: Projections, Mitigating Technologies and Policies” led by Chris Bretherton (UW Atmospheric Sciences).

2005: “El Nino: Past, Present and Future” led by Jim Murray (Oceanography) and Curtis Deutsch (Oceanography).

2004: “The Year of the Arctic” led by Peter Rhines (UW Oceanography), Cecilia Bitz (APL), Jim Murray (UW Oceanography), & Jamie Morison (APL).

2003: “Rapid Climate Change and Land-Surface Climate Interactions” led by Jim Murray (UW Oceanography).

2002: “Development of PCC Science Themes” led by Jim Murray (UW Oceanography).




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