UW report details how climate change will hit Puget Sound

Nov. 17, 2015

The University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group has released a report summarizing research on the likely effects of climate change in the Puget Sound region.

State of Knowledge: Climate Change in Puget Sound provides a picture of what our region can expect in the next few decades and how best to plan for the effects of a warmer climate. Changes such as more frequent floods, less snow, more acidic oceans, sea-level rise and salmon struggling to cope with warmer rivers are all detailed in the report.

UW to divest from coal companies

May 14, 2015

The University of Washington Board of Regents voted to remove any investment in coal companies by the university's endowment funds.

The decision comes after years of work by the student group Divest UW, who have been advocating for divestment from fossil fuel companies. The group sent a petition to then-UW President Michael K. Young in December 2012, and have been talking with the Board of Regents and other UW groups since. Divest UW made a presentation to the Board of Regents this March to support divestment from coal companies.

Monitoring the Arctic summer ice melt

July 18, 2014

Researchers from the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory are part of a large-scale effort to closely monitor the summer sea-ice melting in the Arctic.

Sensors placed around ice in the Beaufort Sea will provide a wealth of data on the melting process, which will help discover how changing ocean conditions will affect the ice. The project, funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, includes scientists from several countries and institutions.