University of Washington climate scientist Amy Snover, director of the UW Climate Impacts Group, is a lead author on the Northwest chapter of the National Climate Assessment, published May 6 by the U.S. federal government.
The report, “Climate Change Impacts in the United States,” includes national overviews and ten regional chapters. Snover was one of two convening lead authors on the 11-page chapter concerning impacts to Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
“In the Northwest, we have identified leading risks of concern, and we have the good news that more communities are working to understand and apply this science,” Snover said.
“The take-home question I ask is: Are we ready for these changes?” Snover said. “I would argue that it’s time to take a clear-eyed look at these risks, and to have an engaged conversation about how we’re going to prepare for them.”