15 news posts from February 2015

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UW scientists urge conservation managers to act quickly, make decisions despite the unknowns

Is it possible to fully grasp a changing, natural system? Two scientists from UW’s Aquatic and Fishery Sciences say it is not, and that important policy moves should not hinge on knowing every fact. Instead, Daniel Schindler and Ray Hilborn suggest conservation managers learn to make decisions and develop robust policies that will remain effective even in an uncertain future. The scientists assert that managing ecosystems and natural resources where uncertainty is present often requires that tough, but necessary decisions be made without every detail. 

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Environmental and Forest Sciences launches Climate Change Video Contest: submit by April 13!

The College of the Environment’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences recently launched its Climate Change Video Contest, asking Washington State high school and undergraduate students to create and submit videos about what climate change means to them by April 13. In three minutes or less, contest entrants will use all styles imaginable – Claymation, stand-up comedy, music video, short-form documentary, and more – to convey their ideas. 

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Ecosystem services in estuaries, the velocity of ice sheets, beetle-killed trees on fire, and more: This week's published research

Each week we share the latest peer-reviewed publications coming from the College of the Environment. Over the past week, twenty-eight new articles co-authored by members of the College of the Environment were added to the Web of Science database, including two open-access papers about biomass burning and modeling of clouds and aerosols, nonnative sea grass, and more. Read on!

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Meet Brad Markle, Earth and Space Sciences graduate student

Photo: Jie Chen

Standing outside of his temporary classroom and laboratory overlooking Greenland’s Disko Bay, Brad Markle breathes in the big picture. The big picture is something that’s always on his mind, which is reflected in both his art and science. As a photographer, he captures sweeping scenes, from giant, rippling cloud masses and never-ending skies, to massive, bobbing icebergs in a vast ocean. 

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