Temperatures Rise Faster as Snowpack Disappears

Global temperatures are rising faster at higher elevations, suggests a growing body of evidence. Yet the phenomenon — the aptly named elevation-dependent warming (EDW) — has been notoriously hard to track. Starting a conversation about how to tackle the problem is a recent paper published in Nature Climate Change. The paper’s researchers, an international team calling…

Kavita Heyn, Early Adapter

Kavita Heyn, a native of Portland, Oregon, has multiple reasons for tackling climate change. First, she reads the science. Second, she works for a large municipal water utility that’s concerned about how climate change will affect its customers’ water. And third, climate change is messing with her weekends. “Like many Northwesterners, I’m really passionate about…

Flooding Could Double in High Rugged Regions

Washington state’s Cascade Mountains hold some of the Pacific Northwest’s most rugged terrain — a well-known fact to hikers, bikers, hunters and anglers who have explored these treasured areas. Understanding how climate change may affect the roads and trails needed to access these lands for recreation and management is the focus of a recent paper…

PUMA Helps Water Utilities Innovate and Adapt

Putting climate science into action at the local level isn’t easy. That’s because when it comes to climate adaptation, climate scientists and resource managers aren’t always on the same page. Putting the results of global climate models to work for local watersheds and reservoirs can also be challenging. These are some of the conclusions from…