Ten Skagit scientists are combining their data, models and research to better understand the Skagit river system and how it is changing and likely to change into the future. Their collective research effort extends from the 394 glaciers in the headwaters to the Puget Sound estuary. A common research vision drives their approach.
As temperatures change natural and human systems are impacted. Glaciers melt (glacial area was 50-percent less in 1998 than in 1900) and winter freezing levels rise (the average winter freezing level has risen 650 feet since the 1950s). These are a few of many system impacts set into motion as temperature rises. The new 2013 IPCC report can be found here.
SC2 is planning to host an open house format public forum on climate change and flooding in the Skagit Basin in late winter/early spring 2014. Details to follow. Please contact Carol MacIlroy for additional details or to be added to our email distribution list.