With the Fourth National Climate Assessment and IPCC’s Special Report both released last year, there is increasing interest from educators and teachers to incorporate climate change into their science curriculum. However, they often lack the training and resources to do so. To address this, the 2018 Washington State Legislature allocated $4 million of the general fund to create ClimeTime, which is essentially a state-level science teacher training program focused on climate science education.Read more
After two summers in a row of several statewide smoke events in Washington, addressing the health impacts of wildfire smoke on communities has never been more urgent. While many scientific questions about wildfire smoke remain unanswered, answers to questions about risk communication and public health interventions are among the most pressing needs for impacted communities. With that goal in mind, a team of PCC faculty, researchers, and graduate students came together to plan a collaborative, interdisciplinary symposium around wildfire smoke risk communication.Read more
I’ve practiced nature-based spirituality in one form or another for more than twenty years. But spiritual or religious practices are not something that most scientists, particularly those in the “hard sciences,” talk about. This is perhaps a natural consequence of the idea that science needs to be unbiased. Personally, however, I feel a strong connection to the ocean generally and the Puget Sound region specifically.Read more
The Program on Climate Change hosted its inaugural “mini-symposium” at the UW Waterfront Activity Center on February 8-9, 2018. Exploring the theme of “Using past observations to constrain future climate variability and change”, the mini-symposium brought together a wide range of participants and speakers, including from the School of Oceanography, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, the Applied Physics Lab, and the NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.Read more
PCC graduate students from ESS (Taryn Black and Emma Kahle) and ATMOS (Michael Diamond) worked with the Union of Concerned Scientists to host a very successful event to train scientists to talk to policymakers. Inspired by the angst expressed by climate scientists during the PCC Climate Conversations last winter, this event created a pathway for action and for sharing research and science skill outside of academia.Read about the event in the UCS blog post by Taryn, Emma and Michael.
By Michelle Tigchelaar & Johanna Goldman As the District of Columbia was preparing itself to watch the James Comey hearing the way soccer fans watch World Cup matches — in a bar at 10am — we were huddled together in a building just blocks away from the center of action, preparing ourselves instead for Day 4 of the AMS Summer Policy Colloquium.Read more
by Emma Kahle On April 12th, a lovely spring afternoon, students, faculty, and staff gathered to learn about science advocacy. OCN 425 filled to the brim with folks interested in how to address the topic of climate with audiences skeptical of climate change or of science in general. These “hostile” audiences could include reporters (getting interviewed for your latest climate publication?), legislators (testifying before the House Science Committee?), or members of the public you meet in person or on the Internet.Read more
GCC 2016 Summary -Greg Quetin, Atmospheric Sciences, PCC Graduate Student Representative The 10th Annual Graduate Climate Conference (GCC) was hosted between October 28th and 30th at the University of Washington Pack Forest Facility. 93 graduate students from both USA and international institutions gathered to discuss climate science, with sessions including talks and posters on “Atmospheric Dynamics, Clouds and Chemistry”, “Ocean Dynamics and Interactions”, “Biosphere Interactions”, “Biogeochemistry”, “Water, Ice, and Snow”, “Paleoclimate” and “Human Dimensions”.Read more