UW Research

Climate Impacts Group



The Climate Impacts Group supports the development of climate resilience by advancing understanding and awareness of climate risks, and working closely with public and private entities to apply this information as they act to shape society’s future. We develop and deliver scientific information that is both useful to and used by the decision making community by fully integrating research with stakeholder engagement. Our approach involves:

  1. Identifying climate-related information needs and areas of concern in partnership with resource managers, planners and policy makers;
  2. Advancing scientific understanding of regional climate and climate impacts through interdisciplinary research;
  3. Developing, delivering, and supporting the application of targeted information and tools;
  4. Developing, testing, and delivering guidance for climate-smart planning and management; and
  5. Enhancing community understanding and capacity to address climate impacts, risks, and responses through outreach and engagement with natural resource managers, planners, policymakers, non-governmental organizations, businesses, the media, and others.

We work on spatial scales ranging from local communities to the entire western United States, with most work to-date focused on the Pacific Northwest.

Funding Information

Current sources of funding include federal (Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, National Park Service, NOAA, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US Forest Service, US Geological Survey) and state (Department of Ecology, Department of Fish & Wildlife, Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission, Snohomish Conservation District, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission) agencies; Northwest tribes and tribal organizations; cities and counties (Seattle, King, Pierce, Thurston); foundations and nonprofits (Conservation Northwest, Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Nature Conservancy, Seattle Foundation, Washington Green Schools, Wilburforce Foundation); private philanthropy.

Reporting Structure


External Partners

The Climate Impacts Group partners with public, private and tribal entities whose actions and decisions affect the climate resilience of Pacific Northwest communities, economies and ecosystems. Recent partners include Northwest tribes and tribal organizations; local, state and federal agencies; non-profit organizations.