Hazards and Resilience and Climate Change

Moving Mountains: The Elwha River is still changing

September 6, 2018

When the two dams on the Elwah River were removed starting in 2011, it was the world’s largest project of that kind. Years later, the now free-flowing river continues to mend and reshape its surrounding environments. A new study documenting the changes in sediment was published in Nature this week. Co-authored by WSG Coastal Hazards Specialist Ian Miller, the research was done in collaboration with scientists from the United States Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the U.S. ...

Read More
0

Sea-level rise report will help urban planners

August 9, 2018

The recent sea-level rise report led by Washington Sea Grant and the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group provides the clearest picture yet of what to expect in sea-level rise along Washington State coastlines.

Coverage in the Tacoma Weekly News recognizes that the information in the report is vital to urban planners. “This new, risk-based information will allow planners and developers to better assess the impacts of sea level rise on their projects along Tacoma’s waterfront,” researcher Harriet ...

Read More
0

WSG social scientist Melissa Watkinson in Warm Regards podcast

August 3, 2018

Warm Regards, a podcast about climate change and associated issues, recently featured Washington Sea Grant social scientist Melissa Watkinson. She talked with them about her perspective as an indigenous tribal member, and her work with local tribes studying the cultural dimensions of ocean acidification in the Pacific Northwest.

Listen in to the episode here.

Read More
0

Sea-level rise report contains best projections yet for Washington’s coasts

July 30, 2018

A new report led by Washington Sea Grant and the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group provides the clearest picture yet of what to expect in sea-level rise along Washington state coastlines.

The report, entitled Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State – A 2018 Assessment,  includes projections for more than 150 different sites along the Washington coastline, from all marine shorelines in Washington state. It incorporates the unique geology-driven land motion, with uplift at Neah Bay and ...

Read More
0

Partnering with Indigenous Communities to Anticipate and Adapt to Ocean Change

April 1, 2018

Read in UW News

 

The productive ocean off Washington state’s Olympic Coast supports an abundant web of life including kelp forests, fish, shellfish, seabirds and marine mammals. The harvest and use of these treaty-protected marine resources have been central to the local tribes’ livelihoods, food security and cultural practices for thousands of years. But ocean acidification is changing the chemistry of these waters, putting many coastal species – and the human communities that depend upon them – under ...

Read More
0

Updated Plan to Address Ocean Acidification in Washington State

December 20, 2017

Ocean acidification is threatening ecosystems, cultures and economies in Washington State – today. In 2012, Governor Jay Inslee recognized the importance of developing a strategy to address these challenges by creating the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification. After reviewing the scientific literature, the panel outlined a plan in its seminal report, Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action.

The science on ocean acidification has come a long way over the last five years. Today, the Marine ...

Read More
0

WSG Appointed a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador!

March, 2017

In March 2017, Washington Sea Grant was formally recognized as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for its work in preparing coastal communities for hazardous weather.

NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation initiative seeks to improve the nation’s responsiveness and resilience to extreme weather, water and climate events. Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors are partner agencies, organizations and businesses that share a commitment with NOAA to collaborate on outreach about extreme-weather preparedness and to serve as examples themselves by ...

Read More
0

Washington Team Awarded Grant to Build Community Resilience to Coastal Hazards

March 7, 2016

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management announced today that Washington Sea Grant will be awarded $879,255 for a three-year project to assist coastal communities in Washington State facing significant risk from the impacts of sea level rise, storm surge and shoreline erosion.

With 3,067 miles of coastline and more than 45 coastal cities, Washington needs to prepare people, infrastructure, and fish and wildlife habitat for these hazards, which is anticipated to worsen over time.

Washington Sea ...

Read More
0