Climate Change Symposium

June 24, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Billy Frank Conference Center in the Ecotrust building
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR

King Tide shows what higher sea level will look like at Shore Acres. Photo by Sally Woodman.
King Tide shows what higher sea level will look like at Shore Acres. Photo by Sally Woodman.

Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on the Pacific Northwest’s communities, economy, and natural systems.  However, disruptive though such climate-driven changes may be here, there is a high likelihood that the effects will be greater in other parts of the country.  It has been suggested by many that the Northwest may become home for people seeking refuge from climate change impacts in other regions of the U.S.

To help inform discussion on this issue, and to provide guidance to decision-makers, the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group and Portland State University’s Population Research Center and Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies are hosting a symposium in Portland that will explore the question of climate change-driven migration to the Pacific Northwest and its implications for long-range planning.

Some of the symposium will take place among experts behind closed doors, but everyone is invited to a public plenary to be held on Friday, June 24 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “The Winds of Change? Exploring Climate Change-Driven Migration and Related Impacts in the Pacific Northwest” will take place in the Bill Frank Conference Center in the Ecotrust building, 721 N.W. 9th Ave. in Portland.

The growing speculation about climate change-driven migration to the Northwest has led many in the public sector to ask if long-term planning decisions related to transportation, utilities, land use planning, and other public services need to incorporate the potential for climate change-driven migration, and if so, what those scenarios would look like. However, a scarcity of regionally-specific research on this question provides limited guidance on how to best answer these questions. The symposium, including the public portion, is intended to address these question.

More information about the event can be found online,  https://cig.uw.edu/news-and-events/events/migration-symposium/ or contact Lara Whitely Binder of the Climate Impacts Group, (206) 616-5349, lwb123@uw.edu.

Registration is free, but you must register here by June 21.