Events & Resources

Future Events

Each event hosted by the Collaborative will focus on a climate preparedness issue of importance to local, tribal, and county governments as well as regional agencies. Future topics may include wildfires, flooding, state-level action, public health, and hazard mitigation planning. The goal of these workshops is to increase understanding of climate impacts and preparedness issues, foster peer learning, provide a forum for regional networking, and identify concrete ways to support local and regional resilience efforts.

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Past Event: Managing Western Washington Wildfire Risk in a Changing Climate


The Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative, along with co-hosts from the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, and the Tulalip Tribes, hosted a one-day workshop on Managing Western Washington Wildfire Risk in a Changing Climate on Monday, December 3 in Tulalip, WA. 

Recent smoke events in western Washington – driven by large wildfires in the Northwest, British Columbia, and California – have raised concerns among western Washington communities about climate change and the impacts of more wildfire in the region. Is this “the new normal?” How will climate change affect the potential for wildfire west of the Cascades, and what can western Washington communities do to address that risk?

The workshop provided an opportunity to:

  • Share and discuss what we know (and don’t know) about climate change impacts on the potential for wildland fire west of the Cascades
  • Share and discuss strategies to help reduce the risk and consequences of wildland fire in western Washington
  • Identify near-term and longer-term information, research, partnership, and coordination needs related to this topic
  • Engage in peer-to-peer learning, networking, and a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas regarding approaches to preparing for wildfire


Event Agenda

Workshop slides

Western Washington Wildfire: Past, Present, and Projected Changes

Understanding and Managing Today’s Wildland Fire Risk and Impacts
Cody Watson, Fire Brigade Chief, Seattle City Light 

Escape from Diablo
Official trailer for a 12-minute community wildfire safety video created and produced by Seattle City Light employees for the towns of Diablo and Newhalem. The full length video premiere was turned into a community event that included food, fire trucks, safety exhibits, family activities, and an expert panel.

Perspectives on Preparing for, Responding to, and Managing the Impacts of Wildland Fire in Western Washington

After the Smoke Clears: A Virtual Field Trip to the 2017 Norse Peak Fire
Brian J. Harvey, Assistant Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Wildfires risk expected to increase on Washington’s westside
Lizz Giordano, HeraldNet

Wildfire risks in Western Washington
Glenn Farley, King5 News

Preparing for Wildfire in Puget Sound

Photo from United States Forest Service


Past Event: Addressing Sea Level Rise in Shoreline Master Programs Workshop

The Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative hosted the Addressing Sea Level Rise in Shoreline Master Programs Workshop on August 2, 2018. Over the next two years, shoreline jurisdictions in the Puget Sound region will update their Shoreline Master Programs, creating an opportunity to strengthen local-level responses to sea level rise. This one-day workshop addressed how to best incorporate sea level rise projections into the Shoreline Master Programs update.

Workshop participants learned about and discussed:

  • The latest sea level rise projections produced through the Washington Coastal Resilience Project
  • How local jurisdictions have incorporated sea level rise in their Shoreline Master Programs and related shoreline planning efforts
  • State-level efforts to develop guidance on sea level rise in Shoreline Master Program planning
  • Local and cross-jurisdictional opportunities, challenges, and needs related to addressing sea level rise in shoreline planning

The event was open to staff from federal, state, and local agencies; sovereign tribal nations; non-governmental organizations; academia; and the private sector.

Speakers included Crystal Raymond and Harriet Morgan from the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Bobbak Talebi and Sara Brostrom from the Washington State Department of Ecology, and Jim Simmonds from King County.

This event was co-hosted by the Shoreline & Coastal Planners Group and the Washington State Department of Ecology.


Workshop Summary Report

Event Agenda

Puget Sound Sea Level Rise: Projected Changes
Harriet Morgan, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group

Current State and Local Efforts to Address Sea Level Rise in SMPs
Sara Brostrom and Bobbak Talebi, Washington State Department of Ecology

Moving Beyond Base Flood Elevation Requirements
Jim Simmonds, King County

Discussion Questions
Small groups at the workshop discussed these questions in an effort to articulate the reasons and rationale for local governments to act on sea level rise.

Related Resources

Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State
This assessment provides an updated set of sea level rise projections for coastal Washington State that incorporates the latest science. It provides community-scale projections and is designed for direct application to risk management and planning. This report was compiled by Washington Sea Grant, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Oregon State University, University of Washington, and U.S. Geological Survey, and was prepared for the Washington Coastal Resilience Project.

Washington Coastal Training Program
The Coastal Training Program provides practical, science-based training to professionals who make decisions about shoreline management in Western and Eastern Washington.

How Local Shoreline Master Programs Currently Address Sea Level Rise
This report provides background information to inform improvements to the State of Washington Department of Ecology’s guidance on addressing the impacts of sea level rise by helping answer the following questions:

  1. How are local jurisdictions in Washington currently addressing sea level rise using goals, policies, and regulations in their SMPs?
  2. Are local jurisdictions applying Ecology’s existing guidance?


Past Event: Climate Change & Extreme Precipitation in Puget Sound Spring Workshop

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative hosted an inaugural workshop at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This convening provided an opportunity to connect with a broad network of experts and leaders as they discussed the regional and local needs and opportunities related to climate change, extreme precipitation, and stormwater management.

The event was open to staff from federal, state, and local agencies; sovereign tribal nations; non-governmental organizations; academia; and the private sector.


Event Agenda

Observed Changes in Extreme Precipitation
James Rufo-Hill, Climate Adaptation Specialist, Seattle Public Utilities

Slides from James Rufo-Hill’s plenary presentation on observed changes in extreme precipitation.

Projected Changes in Extreme Precipitation
Guillaume Mauger, Research Scientist, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group

Slides from Guillaume Mauger’s plenary presentation on projected changes in extreme precipitation.

Related Resources

‘Extreme’ rainstorms becoming more common in Seattle, says city meteorologist
Article published in The Seattle Times, February 3, 2018

Seattle Thinks It Knows Rain. Climate Change Begs to Differ.
Article published in City Lab, April 6, 2018

Climate Robust Culvert Design: Probabilistic Estimates of Fish Passage Impediments
An online culvert-design tool developed by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group to allow engineers, managers, regulators, and other interested parties to explore the impacts of climate change on fish passage.

How will heavy rains change in western Washington?
A data visualization tool developed by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group that allows users to browse changes in precipitation for two new regional climate model simulations.

Intensity Duration Frequency Curves and Trends for the City of Seattle: Technical Memorandum
A Seattle Public Utilities assessment of observed precipitation intensity thresholds.