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.
This is the first major update to the State of Knowledge report since 2005, and it includes several new topics and more specific details on how the region will change due to climate change. The report also includes examples of community response and adaptation, showing how area planners can work to mitigate some of the issues.
“This report provides a single resource for people to look at what’s coming and think about how to adapt," lead author Guillaume Mauger told UW Today.