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Communication as an Essential Ingredient for Actionable Science

Engaging scientists and decision-makers in the co-production of knowledge is considered a best practice for generating science that is likely to be useful and used in addressing pressing environmental challenges. Effective, ongoing communication is vital to the success of this highly collaborative research approach, from a project’s inception through dissemination of results (and beyond!). In this webinar, Dr.

Managing Western Washington Wildfire Risk in a Changing Climate

In recent years, concern has risen among western Washington communities about climate change and the impacts of increased wildfire risk in the region. This concern is motivated by large wildfires in eastern Washington and California, smoke events in western Washington, and growing evidence that changes in the climate are increasing the likelihood of wildfire in the Pacific Northwest.

Parametrix helps our clients deliver some of their most significant projects. Whether it’s improving our region’s infrastructure, restoring natural habitat, or designing a vision for the future, people depend on us for innovative ideas — engineering, planning, and environmental solutions that make a positive, lasting difference.

The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative (NGOM SSC) is one of the five Sentinel Site Cooperatives within the broader NOAA Sentinel Site Program (SSP). The NGOM SSC is a partnership focused on sea-level rise and inundation in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Designing a Resilient Campus

The term “resilience” has increasingly been heard in conferences, project proposals, design charrettes, or from emergency managers. This is an emerging hot topic for those who work within the built environment. But what does “resilience” really mean and how does it apply to you specifically?

The article defines and explains the concept of “resiliency” in campus facilities and focuses on its important components and processes, such as:

Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate

Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate outlines how extreme heat will affect the real estate and land use sectors and highlights the leadership and the potential positive impact of the real estate sector in implementing “heat-resilient” building designs and land uses. The report provides an overview of extreme heat’s connections to the built environment and an in-depth discussion of heat mitigation and adaptation strategies related to building design, building materials, green infrastructure and public space design.

Regional Resilience Toolkit: 5 Steps to Build Large-Scale Resilience to Natural Disasters

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The Regional Resilience Toolkit focuses on the regional scale because disasters happen at a regional scale, and a coordinated process across multiple jurisdictions can result in safer communities. The toolkit is set up to allow multiple jurisdictions and levels of government to work together for regional-scale actions. It is also designed for non-governmental partners and community groups to engage in a more inclusive and holistic process so that resilience actions are guided by core community values.

Using a Riparian Corridor Index to Prioritize Climate Migration Routes in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) region is characterized by wet, mild winters and warm, dry summers. It lies within a climate gradient in which the southern end of the region experiences the greatest seasonal variation (i.e. coldest/wettest winters and hottest/driest summers). It is divided by the Cascade Mountain Range that runs north-south from Washington to Oregon. The landscape west of the Cascades is dominated by moist coniferous forests and the lower elevations east of the Cascades are dominated arid shrublands and grasslands.  

How to regrow corals along the Riviera Maya – insights from Project Mexico

Coral reefs once flourished along the Riviera Maya. They are highly diverse and productive ecosystems, also essential for coastal protection, providing economic goods and attracting tourists. During the last decades, a series of hurricanes, diseases and bleaching events have taken their toll among reefs throughout the Caribbean. Today, many of those reefs have changed from being once dominated by stony corals―the builders of the reef itself―to places where coral cover is low and macro algae, sponges and soft coral sprout.

The San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines: Nearshore Linkages Project

Restoration efforts in San Francisco Bay will advance in Summer 2012 as the San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines: Nearshore Linkages Project is implemented. The overarching project goal is to analyze subtidal restoration techniques and restore critical eelgrass and oyster habitat, while learning more about the potential physical benefits of biological reefs along the shoreline.

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