Washington State Academy of Sciences 2017 Symposium

Thursday, September 14, 2017 — Museum of Flight

Space is limited; pre-registration required.

Climate Change in Washington State – Research Questions Critical to Preparing for the Future

Synopsis: Washington State is among the leading states in understanding and actively preparing for the effects of climate change. Researchers across the region have investigated the current and future climate risks that face natural resources, human well-being, and the economy of the state. The State is a leader in pursuing actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. State agencies and some counties and other local jurisdictions are out front in developing plans to prepare for future climate conditions in order to minimize the negative effects of climate change. However, research questions remain regarding future climate impacts and additional research is needed to document the degree and scale of the effectiveness of actions now being taken.


Symposium Introduction
• 12:30 – 12:40 PM Introduction – Anjan Bose, President and Ron Thom, President Elect

Climate History and Predicting Climate Change
• 12:40 – 1:00 PM Changes in the climate of Washington State over the past century – Nick Bond (UW, State of Washington Climatologist).
• 1:00 – 1:20 PM Regional climate modeling technology: Initial results, Regional Climate Modeling Consortium – Cliff Mass (UW and WSAS member).
• 1:20 – 1:40 PM Projecting regional climate change: approaches, uncertainties, and extreme events – Ruby Leung (PNNL and WSAS member).

Climate Change Impacts I
• 1:40 – 2:00 PM Hydrology, water resources and agriculture – Jennifer Adam (WSU)
• 2:00 – 2:20 PM Climate change impacts on energy systems, focusing on integrated multi-scale modeling – Ian Kraucunas (PNNL)
• 2:20 – 2:40 PM Human health – Kris Ebi (UW)
• 2:40 – 3:00 PM Economics of adaptation – Jonathan Yoder (WSU and WSAS Member)

BREAK (3:00-3:20)

Climate Change Impacts II
• 3:20 – 3:40 PM Ocean acidification – Terrie Klinger (UW)
• 3:40 – 4:00 PM The impact of climate change on diseases of fish – James Winton (USGS Emeritus )
• 4:00 – 4:20 PM Puget Sound ecosystem recovery – John Stein (NOAA-NWFSC (retired); Chair Puget Sound Partnership Science Advisory Committee)

• 4:20 – 4:40 PM How is Washington preparing? – Joe Casola (Deputy Director, Climate Impacts Group, UW).

Discussion and Next Steps for WSAS
• 4:40 – 5:30 PM Facilitated discussion