CIRC researchers publish a new study on increases in flooding in the Columbia River basin under climate change Laura Queen River flooding in the Northwest kills people, destroys property, and both disturbs and sustains ecosystems. From historic examples such as the Heppner flood of 1903 and the Vanport flood of 1948 to flooding of the…
Historic Droughts and Fires: A Recap of the 2020 Water Year in Oregon and Washington and the 2021 Outlook
The year 2020 has been exceptional in many ways, and that extends to the water year (1 October 2019 – 30 September 2020). On October 28 and 29, scientists, resource managers, and planners convened virtually for the Water Year 2020 Recap and 2021 Outlook meeting. This highly collaborative event was sponsored by the National Integrated…
Flooding in Estuaries
The many forces leading to flooding in estuaries…and Tina Turner
Droughts, Deluges, and Dipoles
Opinion piece examines how the U.S. West went from drought to deluge.
Adapting to Climate Change in the Blue Mountains
Resource managers and climate researchers are working together to help the Blue Mountains respond to climate change impacts. A recent report illustrates how.
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…