The Geos Institute is assisting communities in their climate adaptation planning by providing climate projections, workshop facilitation, and reports. Here’s an update from the Central Oregon ClimateWise process:
Deschutes county in Central Oregon has adopted the largest wetland inventory in Oregon; nearly 19,000 acres. Peter Gutowsky, Principal Planner, says the Deschutes county commissioners all approved, with no one testifying in opposition. He adds, “This is a testament to a program that produces multiple ecological benefits, including some needed resiliency in the face of changing climate conditions.”
Bruce Riordan sent us his “unofficial takeaways” from the climate change adaptation workshop organized by the Kresge Foundation and the Geos Institute (Portland Oregon 2012). Riordan is the Climate Strategist for the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee. Here’s an excerpt. For the longer list, send Riordan an email.
November 20, 2011
By Dennis Odion
and Dominick DellaSala
As scientists who have studied wildfires in our area, we are concerned that information provided to the public about fire management is not based on sound science. This has led to counterproductive actions and left the most important fire management needs unaddressed. Read more…
Matt Ball | Spatial Sustain
The Geos Institute, based in Ashland, Oregon, has developed tools and methodology to help communities respond and adapt to the pressures of climate change. Yesterday, I attended a presentation at the GIS in the Rockies by Jessica Leonard, geospatial analyst at the institute, and learned more about their approach and their projects. Leonard stated at the start of her talk that, “GIS helps us become visionary rather than reactionary.”
Conservation groups, logging industry critical of draft as Friday deadline nears
By Jeff Barnard / The Associated Press
GRANTS PASS — After months of tinkering, the Obama administration is due out this week with its last-ditch plan for saving the northern spotted owl from extinction. Read more…
Editorial Board | Medford Mail Tribune
It can be daunting to wrap one’s mind around the concept of global climate change. It’s easy to see the threats posed by melting glaciers and endangered polar bears, but it’s harder to understand what that means to us here in the Rogue Valley, or what we can or should do about it.
Scott Learn | The Oregonian
If global warming continues unabated, summer temperatures in the Rogue River Valley could rise up to 15 degrees by 2080, making the weather in the southern Oregon valley similar to Sacramento’s, Oregon researchers said in a report released today.
Medford Mail Tribune
Expected increases in year-round temperatures of up to 3 degrees Fahrenheit by 2040 and up to 8 degrees by 2080. Summertime high temperatures are likely to rise by up to 15 degrees by 2080.
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