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Regional Climate Impact Analysis for Policy Development: The Evolution of the UW Climate Impacts Group

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 10:30 am
Edward Miles, Professor Emeritus
University of Washington
Climate Impacts Group

Dr. Ed Miles, Professor Emeritus, School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington; former Co-Director, Center for Science in the Earth Systems (CSES) and NOAA RISA Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington; Member:  National Academy of Sciences (2003), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (2005), Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009).

NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program consists of nine teams
focused on different climatically-sensitive regions of the United States. These teams have developed
innovative place-based, stakeholder-driven research, partnership, and services programs
over the past decade, and in doing so, have created an effective demonstration-scale climate service
for parts of the nation.  The Pacific Northwest RISA (Climate Impacts Group) was one of the first, and has been one of the most successful.  
Dr. Miles' presentation will be focused on the following questions in relation to one of the first, and one of the most successful RISAs, the Pacific Northwest RISA (Climate Impacts Group):
  1. What factors determined the design of the Climate Impacts Group?
  2. What was the underlying vision for the group?
  3. How was such a disparate group created and managed?
  4. Why did it work?
  5. How did it work?
  6. How did it evolve? 
This talk is of particular interest, since UMass Amherst is part of a winning NOAA RISA team that will get underway in the Fall of 2010.