CIRC’s Big Wood Project

John Stevenson, CIRC’s Extension Climate Specialist, reflects on what we learned helping residents in Idaho’s Big Wood River Basin adapt to climate changes.

Climate Change Doubters Brace For Impacts

Accepting the evidence for climate change might not be necessary to get people to respond to climate impacts. A new study looks at what this means for homeowners preparing for wildfires. 

Connecting Scientists, Stakeholders and Policymakers

Adapting to climate change is an involved process that requires hand-in-hand collaboration among climate researchers, policymakers and stakeholders (citizens, businesses, organizations and tribes, to name a few). How’s this going in practice? Not so well, according to a study published in the American Meteorological Society. A team of researchers whose goal is helping stakeholders prepare for…

Linking Science with Users for Regional Climate Adaptation

Connecting scientists with the managers of waters, farms, cities, forests and public health is the goal of RISA (Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments). By translating science — and also listening — RISAs support better planning for climate-driven impacts. Created and funded by NOAA, RISAs are “boundary organizations” that serve diverse climate information users, not only…

Columbia Gorge Pikas Adapt by Eating Moss

Animals, especially mammals, that are closely tied to a specific habitat are perhaps most vulnerable in a changing climate. The American pika is a leading example. In the Great Basin, these small mammals, which typically live at high elevation in areas with little vegetation and lots of loose rocks, or “talus.” For pikas, high temperatures…