NW Climate Conference returns to Portland Oct. 8-10
Author: Cristina Rojas, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Posted: October 1, 2019

Portland State University is hosting this year's Northwest Climate Conference, a three-day event that brings together scientists, planners, policymakers and tribal communities with a focus on building a climate change-resilient Pacific Northwest.

The conference, now in its 10th year, is expecting to draw as many as 400 people from around the region. It takes place Oct. 8-10 at the Sentinel Hotel.

"This conference encompasses the entire body of effort towards learning about and dealing with climate change in the Northwest," said Paul Loikith, a climate scientist at Portland State University and the conference's program chair. "It's not just people talking about the science and impacts, but also how we adapt and make ourselves more resilient in equitable ways." 

Topics include drought, wildfire, extreme events, coastal flooding, human and ecosystem health, and resiliency planning. Nearly 40 PSU faculty and students will be presenting at the conference.

"With each passing year, the urgency for action increases," Loikith said. "This gathering is uniquely important because we have all these different experts on different aspects of climate change interacting and learning from one another. More than anything, it helps advance progress."

Highlights include: 

  • Agriculture and Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest — Success, Opportunities, and Challenges; Oct. 8, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • State of the Pacific Northwest Climate; Oct. 9, 9:15 to 10 a.m.
  • Believing is Seeing: How Climate Change Beliefs Predict Perceptions of Extreme Weather in Oregon*; Oct. 9, 1:05 to 1:25 p.m.
  • Building Climate Resilience and Adaptation at the Municipal Level: Leading-Edge Case Studies from the City of Portland; Oct. 9, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Salt Marsh Response to Sea Level Rise*; Oct. 9, 4:20 to 4:40 p.m.
  • Climate, Wildfires, and Air-Quality in the Pacific Northwest; Oct. 10, 9:45 to 10:05 a.m.
  • The Clackamas Watershed Resilience Project: An Interdisciplinary Model for Conducting Climate Impact Assessment*; Oct. 10, 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.
  • Glacier Change in the Olympic Mountains, WA over the past and future 100 years*; Oct. 10, 4:30 to 4:50 p.m.

*Denotes Portland State researchers