A team of coffee farmers in South America know climate change will affect timing, water use, and yields, but they’re not sure how to make adjustments for their particular crops based on the latest science. Water basin managers in the Rockies are making long-term water supply plans but they need more localized climate projections and … Continue reading But do we understand each other? – Applying a communication model to science co-production
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
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!
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
JUN 29, 2015 ADRIENNE WOOTTEN St. Louis is better known by some as the gateway to the West. On May 12 - 15, 2015 it became a gateway for adaptation and collaboration. The National Adaptation Forum (NAF) was hosted in St. Louis this year, and it was one of those rare meetings which gathered scientists and … Continue reading Adaptation Takes Center Stage
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
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
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?
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
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