Climate Change in the Pacific Region
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Recommended Pacific NW and Pacific Islands Resources


The Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment, February, 2009. (link)
In July 2007, the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group launched an unprecedented assessment of climate change impacts on Washington State. The assessment, funded by the Washington State Legislature, involved developing updated climate change scenarios for Washington State and using these scenarios to assess the impacts of climate change to the following sectors:

  • Agriculture,
  • Coasts,
  • Energy,
  • Forests,
  • Human health,
  • Urban stormwater infrastructure,
  • Salmon, and
  • Hydrology and water resources

Understanding the Science of Climate Change, Talking Points: Impacts to Western Mountains and Forests, Natural Resource Report NPS/NRPC/NRR—2009/090 (link)

Climate Change Impacts on Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife (5/11/07, ISAB Climate Change Report, ISAB 2007-2) (link)

The Independent Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) serves the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), Columbia River Indian Tribes, and Northwest Power and Conservation Council by providing independent scientific advice and recommendations regarding scientific issues that relate to the respective agencies' fish and wildlife programs.



Climate Impacts Group (link)
The Climate Impacts Group's (CIG) research focuses on four key sectors of the U.S. Pacific Northwest (PNW) environment: water resources, aquatic ecosystems, forests, and coasts. Their website contains a good database of publications relevant to the PNW, as well as on-line forecasting and planning tools. The CIG is unique in its focus on the intersection of climate science and public policy. They perform fundamental research on climate impacts and work with PNW planners and policy makers to apply this information to regional decision making processes.

CIG is located in Seattle at the University of Washington, with affiliates in Boise, Idaho and Olympia, Washington. At the University of Washington, CIG is part of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) Center for Science in the Earth System (CSES). CSES combines and integrates expertise in climate dynamics, ecological dynamics, hydrologic dynamics, and institutional and policy analysis in order to perform integrated research on the impacts of climate on the PNW. CIG is one of eight Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) teams studying regional impacts of climate variability and climate change in the U.S. The RISA program is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Program Office. CIG enjoys additional financial and technical support from the University of Washington.


International Pacific Research Center (link)
The International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) is a climate research center conceived under the “U.S.–Japan Common Agenda for Cooperation in Global Perspective.” Their focus is climate variation and predictability in the Asia-Pacific region, including regional aspects of global environmental change. The IPRC Science Plan outlines their goals and research strategies. The Asia-Pacific Data-Research Center (APDRC) is a branch of the IPRC. It provides the international research community with easy access to climate data and products, and conducts research to improve data collection and preparation.

The IPRC was founded to gain greater understanding of the nature and causes of climate variation in the Asia-Pacific region, to determine whether such variations are predictable, and to discover how global climate change affects the region. The center’s mission is “to provide an international, state-of-the art research environment to improve understanding of the nature and predictability of climate variability in the Asia-Pacific sector, including regional aspects of global environmental change.”

Pacific Northwest Research Station (link)
The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station is part of the Research Branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, and comprises 10 research laboratories in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, as well as the headquarters office in Portland, Oregon. The PNW Research Station is one of eight Forest Service research facilities throughout the United States. One of their primary research focuses is on PNW global change.

USFWS: The Climate Change Resource Center (link)
is a reference Web site for resource managers and decisionmakers who need information and tools to address climate change in planning and project implementation on lands in the West. The site is a joint project of the three western Forest Service Research Stations Pacific Northwest Research Station, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Rocky Mountain Research Station, and the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center.

Last updated: November 2, 2011

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