Global climate change will bring major changes to the Pacific Northwest, both on the land and in the coastal environment.
This presentation will summarize these projected impacts, drawing on the published work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2013/2014), the latest National Climate Assessment (2017/2018) and the Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington.
The focus of this class primarily will be on the marine environment. The items addressed will include ocean acidification, sea-level rise, toxic algal blooms, and changes in species diversity including proliferation of invasive species.
The global predictions of changing temperature and precipitation will be addressed at the PNW regional scale with discussion of implications for agriculture, water resources, snowpack, and forest health.