Seattle 2100: Apocalypse or Utopia?

Seattle in the future

A changing climate is sure to alter the world and our region as we know it. Some of those changes are known, some of them unknown. On the heels of the recent National Climate Assessment, Seattle Weekly's Kelton Sears visited the Climate Impact Group here at the College of the Environment and spoke with Lara Whitely Binder, CIG's outreach specialist, to find out what's in store for Seattle's future. Sears paired up with Tom Van Deusen to help tell the story as a comic, and deliver a poignant message about what we might expect in the Emerald City.

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College scientists elected to the WA State Academy of Sciences

Washington State Academy of Sciences logo

The Washington State Academy of Sciences has elected 18 new members to their ranks this year, including several that work in or closely with the College of the Environment. The organization is charged with providing expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the State of Washington. Among those elected from the College of the Environment are Andre Punt, professor and director of the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences; Eric D'Asaro, professor in the School of Oceanography and the Applied Physics Lab; and Bradley Colman, affiliate professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Others that work closely with the College of the Environment were also elected, including former Vice Provost for Research and Friday Harbor Laboratories Advancement Board member Alvin Kwiram and professor of public affairs Ann Bostrom.

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Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides

An aerial view of the slide site at Oso, Washington.

An interdisciplinary team of risk analysis experts, engineers, and scientists -- including Earth and Spaces Sciences' David Montgomery -- released a report on Tuesday offering details about the Oso landslide that happened earlier this year. The  report focuses on observations and data collection where the landslide occurred, reviews nearby geologic conditions and land-use and landslide risk assessments, and collects eyewitness accounts of the disaster. A major finding of the report shows that the slide took place in two phases, the first of which was the "remobilization" of an earlier slide dating back to 2006.

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