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Washington Ocean Acidification Center funds forecasting project

Skokomish Estuary on Hood Canal

The Washington Ocean Acidification Center recently awarded funding to a local group of oceanographers, giving them the green light to develop an ocean acidification forecasting model for the Pacific Northwest.  The first of its kind, the model will allow aquaculture and natural resource managers to better predict how ocean acidification is taking shape throughout the numerous waterways of our state. “We are excited to launch this project funded by the Center,” said Jan Newton, the Center’s co-director.   

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Jumping fans register a magnitude 1 or 2 quake during Seahawks TD fumble return


Earth and space sciences professor John Vidale studies earthquakes, the vast majority of which are caused naturally.  But he and a team of researchers have a seismometer — which measures motion in the ground — located near CenturyLink Field that picked up a small tremor on Monday night caused by something entirely different.  Read more in the Seattle Times. 

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Special issue of Conservation Biology addresses climate change and the Endangered Species Act

A Leaf

A special issue of the journal Conservation Biology includes a paper written by a team of authors from the Climate Impacts Group, USGS, NOAA, and Stony Brook University on choosing and using climate change scenarios for ecological impacts assessments and conservation decisions. Published in December, the paper’s guidelines are relevant to a diverse range of resource managers. Amy Snover, assistant dean of applied research at the College of the Environment and director of the Climate Impacts Group, is the lead author on the paper entitled Choosing and Using Climate-Change Scenarios for Ecological-Impact Assessments and Conservation Decisions.  

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Dean’s Office working toward sustainable administration practices

The staff of the College of the Environment’s dean’s office are inspired by the work in the College and across campus to understand and address the environmental challenges of our time. This past year, following sustainability efforts of many students, faculty, and staff in the college and beyond, the dean’s office worked with the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office to identify and align our practices and policies with the goals of sustainable resource use. 

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Spotlight: Katharine Huntington, Earth and Space Sciences

Katharine “Kate” Huntington grew up in both Pennsylvania and northern Italy, which set a perfect stage for her research across continents. Now an assistant professor in the UW College of the Environment’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences, she traverses the mountains of India and Nepal, western North America, and Argentina and Chile, exploring how landscapes evolve over millions of years. 

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