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 wrapping up more than an year’s worth of work projecting climate impacts to low and peak flows in the tributaries to Ross Lake and below Ross Lake to the mainstem Skagit River. Findings from this work will be available over the fall and winter. Also polling information from a recent Skagit County poll on climate will be released this fall.