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ClimateWise Team

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We are a team of scientists, facilitators, and process innovators who believe that effective climate change solutions incorporate the needs of ecological systems, diverse community sectors, and disadvantaged populations. Our Whole Community framework uses an integrated and collaborative approach based on the best climate change science to develop solutions that align with the values shared by the community. 

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ClimateWise is an intiative of the Geos Institute. 

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ClimateWise Staff

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We are a team of scientists, facilitators, and process innovators who believe that the global climate crisis will push humanity to make a collective decision – move toward greater cohesion and peace or widespread violence and conflict.

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Welcome to Geos Institute

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The Geos Institute is a nonprofit organization that uses science to help people predict, reduce, and prepare for climate change. Based in Ashland, Oregon, we bring the best available science to community and natural resource planning processes, through publications, consulting services, and bridge-building between scientists and decision makers. Our three primary initiatives include ClimateWise, Banking on Forests, and Green Solutions.

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Our Dominant Intent on This Site.

We want to stabilize atmospheric pollution to prevent future disastrous climate changes, and increase community readiness in the face of climate-related disturbances.

Who We Support.

We intend this site to support those who embrace the consensus scientific view of climate change, and we welcome honest skeptics seeking to understand that climate change science.

 Climate Deniers.

If you approach the climate change issue from a dogmatic, ideological, or science-denier perspective, we ask you to refrain from attempting to convince us, and we promise to respect your right of opinion as well.

We reserve the right to block site comments from anyone who consistently obstructs meaningful dialog, promotes a position unsupported by consensus science, or violates our Code of Conduct.


Our recommendations, citations, and links to resources are made with the understanding that you will do your own evaluation and due diligence before acting on them. We do not assume any liability regarding those recommendations, citations, links, and resources.

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Our Work

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We serve communities and land managers by assisting them with on-the-ground planning for climate change through the emerging field of climate change readiness (“adaptation”) and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution (“mitigation”). Our signature program, ClimateWise®, is a nonprofit consulting firm that offers a suite of climate change readiness planning services to local governments and land management agencies.

Jack Williams, Ph.D.

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Jack Williams, Ph.D.
Trout Unlimited
Dr. Williams has extensive experience at senior science and research positions within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management, and also served important management positions within the BLM and the Forest Service.  His professional work has focused on conservation, watershed restoration, fisheries, ecosystem management and endangered Species.

Vicki Tripoli, Ph.D.

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Vicki Tripoli, Ph.D.
Dr. Tripoli has focused on environmental health issues and biological monitoring, examining the effects of global persistent pollutants on ecosystems and helping develop a pharmocokinetic model that led to setting fish consumption advisories and other environmental health policies.  She also is a consultant in ecological research design and statistics.

Jim Strittholt, Ph.D.

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Jim Strittholt, Ph.D.
Conservation Biology Institute
Dr. Strittholt specializes in applying computer mapping technologies to address various ecological assessments and conservation planning projects in the U.S. and internationally. His expertise includes conservation planning, landscape ecology, geographic information systems, and remote sensing.

Thomas Michael Power, Ph.D.

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Thomas Michael Power, Ph.D.
University of Montana
Dr. Power is Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Montana, specializing in natural resource and regional economic development issues.  He is also the principal researcher with Power Consulting, Inc.

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