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

Lummi Island storm waves

One certainty under climate change is that global ocean levels are rising. 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 Washington state. The report includes projections for more than 150 different sites along the Washington coastline, from all marine shorelines in Washington state. 

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UW, other leading research universities form international coalition to speed local climate action

Researcher David Shean uses UW’s terrestrial laser scanner to measure surface elevation at the South Cascade Glacier.

The University of Washington joins 12 other leading North American research universities in the new University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3, a group committed to leveraging its research and resources to help communities accelerate climate action. The coalition, which launched Feb. 6, includes universities that have committed to mobilize their resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states. 

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UW to host Interior Department’s Northwest Climate Science Center

The University of Washington is the new host for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Northwest Climate Science Center. Boise State University, the University of Montana, Washington State University and Western Washington University are also new partners in the Northwest CSC university consortium. These five universities were selected as the CSC host and consortium partners after an open competition and extensive review by scientific experts. 

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Shrubs, grasses planted through federal program crucial for sage grouse survival in Eastern Washington

Co-author Michael Shroeder releases a male sage grouse in Idaho in 2010.

The sage grouse is an exceptionally showy bird and an icon of the American West. But its sagebrush habitat is disappearing, and there is debate over how best to protect the populations in an increasingly developed landscape. A new study by University of Washington, state and federal researchers analyzed sage grouse in Eastern Washington and showed a surprisingly large benefit from a federal program that subsidizes farmers to plant year-round grasses and native shrubs instead of crops. 

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