This project has been funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement 00J30901-0 to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. The contents of this website do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use. Additional support has graciously been provided by the City of Anacortes and Seattle City Light in support of Skagit Climate Science Consortium activities
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. The IPCC was established by the United Nations General Assembly after the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization sought to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.
The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary research group studying the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change (“global warming”). Research at the CIG considers climate impacts at spatial scales ranging from local communities to the entire western U.S. region, with most work focused on the Pacific Northwest. Through research and interaction with stakeholders, the CIG works to increase community and ecosystem resilience to fluctuations in climate.
The Climate Change Primer was developed by Jennifer Kay, Joe Casola, Amy Snover, and the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington for King County’s 2005 Climate Change Conference. The primer covers greenhouse gas emissions, common science questions, future projections of climate change and other basic background information. Download PDF here.
The Washington State Climate Strategy The state Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Ecology, Fish and Wildlife, Health, Natural Resources and Transportation worked with a broad range of interested parties to lay out a framework that decision-makers can use to help protect Washington’s communities, natural resources and economy from the impacts of climate change. Their subsequent report, the 2012 Washington State Integrated Climate Change Response Strategy report builds from the findings of the comprehensive 2009 Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment (WACCIA)from the Climate Impacts Group as well as other scientific research and information on the impacts of climate change on Washington State. Additional information about the report can be found here.