Summer Institute Details and Archive

2018:  September 12-14 at Friday Harbor Labs, Washington.  Details coming soon.

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 took place September 13-15, 2017, in Friday Harbor, WA.  The topic was “Population Health and Climate Change” and brought together climate scientists with social and health sciences to talk about the observed and projected impacts of climate change to population health.  The challenges that climate change brings to food and water security, human health, and population disruption were discussed.


Participant List –  Final

Schedule (9/9/2017)

Abstracts (9/9/2017)

Two paper discussions were scheduled, and were “strongly recommended” for participating students and postdocs.

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.

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(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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