Pacific Northwest Measures
Sightline Institute is the northwest leading think tank on sustainability issues. Sightline equips the Northwest’s citizens and decision-makers with the policy research and practical tools they need to advance long-term solutions to our region’s most significant challenges. Sightline Institute’s mission is to make the Northwest a global model of sustainability—strong communities, a green economy, and a healthy environment. Learn more:
Climate Change Impacts in the Pacific Northwest
The Climate Impacts Group (CIG), based at the University of Washington,is an interdisciplinary research group studying the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change. Research at the CIG considers climate impacts at spatial scales ranging from local communities to the entire western U.S. region, with most work focused on the Pacific Northwest. Through research and interaction with stakeholders, the CIG works to increase community and ecosystem resilience to fluctuations in climate.
The CIG focuses on the intersection of climate science and public policy/resource management, performing fundamental research on climate and climate impacts and work with planners and policy makers to apply this information to regional decision making processes.
Key areas of the group's collective expertise include but are not limited to: downscaling global climate model data; regional climate modeling; hydrologic modeling; water resources and terrestrial/aquatic ecosystem modeling and impacts assessment; coastal impacts assessment; climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning; and outreach and education.
Learn more about Pacific Northwest climate scenarios and impacts.