The Power of Policy: A Canadian Perspective

JULY 16, 2018 - MONICA HARVEY Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform. Photo: Natural Resources Canada I started my career in a technical field completing a Bachelor of Science in Honours Chemistry with a focus on environmental chemistry and a final year thesis in atmospheric chemistry. After working at an environmental consulting company, I returned to school … Continue reading The Power of Policy: A Canadian Perspective

SciComm: No One Expects the Game of Twenty Questions!

APR 3, 2017     CAITLIN ROTTLER Photo: Cait Rottler Hi, I’m Cait Rottler, scientist and asker-of-(too)-many-questions. I like to know as much as I can about as many things as I can, because the more you know, the less likely you’ll get stuck in a position where you know nothing. Right now, my official title is a … Continue reading SciComm: No One Expects the Game of Twenty Questions!

Understanding Climate Projections: Guidance for Climate Change Adaptation Planning

 JUL 30, 2015     ALEX BRYAN Example output generated from the Regional Climate Model (RegCM) developed by the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). Climate change threatens our lands and seas, our wildlife, and our natural and cultural resources. To conserve our natural environment, managers rely on climate model projections to determine where to take action, what … Continue reading Understanding Climate Projections: Guidance for Climate Change Adaptation Planning

PIPES Interns Tell Their Climate Change Story

 JUL 12, 2015     PIPES INTERNS A stone heiau, or temple, at Kahalu‘u Mānowai Education Center, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island. Photo: S. Nash The restored stone walls of two ancient heiau (Hawaiian temples) rise black and strong out of the gentle waves of the Kona Coast. Large rocks sit farther out in the sea, and coastal plants and … Continue reading PIPES Interns Tell Their Climate Change Story

Obama Moves on Adaptation

 NOV 4, 2013     CARINA WYBORN Photo: gettyimages.com While the Australian Government is currently denying the links between bushfires and climate change (sigh…), President Obama has just released an executive order titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change”. It outlines policy objectives, processes to “modernise” Federal programs, directives to Federal agencies who manage land … Continue reading Obama Moves on Adaptation

Extreme Science Porn But Where Are The Social Scientists?

 AUG 11, 2013     CARINA WYBORN I wrote this post after attending the National Adaptation Forum in Denver, where over 500 academics, advocates and practitioners came together to talk about the state of climate adaptation in the US. One night the screened James Balog’s ‘Chasing Ice’ an inspiring piece of extreme adventure science porn. The film is … Continue reading Extreme Science Porn But Where Are The Social Scientists?

Managing for Change: New Insights on Practitioner Challenges & Needs

 MAY 6, 2013     PATRICIA TILLMANN Dynamic and beautiful coastal temperate rainforests traverse the Pacific coastline from southern Alaska to northwest California. Left: Cape Flattery, WA. Right: Auke Bay, AK. Photo credit: Patricia Tillmann North America’s resource managers and conservation practitioners protect and preserve lands, waters, and wildlife in the face of land use change, development pressure, … Continue reading Managing for Change: New Insights on Practitioner Challenges & Needs

Amphibians in Hot Water: The Role of Plasticity in Climate Change Adaptation

 APR 13, 2013     LINDSEY THURMAN Pond-breeding frog life cycle What does it mean to be plastic? Plasticity refers to the variation in phenotypes under certain environmental conditions. This means that one genotype can translate into multiple phenotypes based on environmental change.  Phenotypic plasticity is widespread in nature, and can significantly alter the relationship between organisms and their [abiotic and biotic] environment. … Continue reading Amphibians in Hot Water: The Role of Plasticity in Climate Change Adaptation

The 2013 National Climate Assessment

NOV 21, 2012     MICHELLE STAUDINGER The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is a report released every four years (last assessment was in 2009) to inform Congress and the President on recent advances in climate change impacts in the United States.  However, almost all of the components that go into the production of this report are made available … Continue reading The 2013 National Climate Assessment