DNR weekend reading: UW-OSU scientists detail effects of climate change on Pacific Northwest

Puget SoundCorps cleanup
Foreground: A large steel float scheduled for removal. Background: Puget SoundCorps crews cut up old creosote-treated floats and other debris pulled from Nick’s Lagoon during a DNR-Ecology cleanup at Seabeck Bay on Hood Canal in Kitsap County. Photo: Toni Droscher/DNR.

Here are links to articles about recent research, discoveries and other news about forests, climate, energy and other science topics gathered by DNR for your weekend reading:

Climate Impacts Group: What Climate Change Means For Northwest’s Rivers, Coasts and Forests: Northwest residents from Idaho farmers to Puget Sound tribes will feel the impact of climate change, according to a new report written by scientists at Oregon State University and the University of Washington.

University of Michigan: Global warming led to dwarfism in mammals — twice
Mammal body size decreased significantly during at least two ancient global warming events. A new finding suggests a similar outcome is possible in response to human-caused climate change.

KUOW.org: Mass Starfish Die-Off May Be Headed For Washington
Scientists in the U.S. and Canada are on the lookout for an underwater epidemic that is killing sunflower stars, a deep-dwelling starfish that can have up to two dozen arms, spread three feet from tip to tip and weigh 12 pounds.

Nature: Air-movement pattern portends US heatwaves
Scientists have identified an atmospheric circulation pattern that signals a higher risk of extreme heat spells. While the pattern’s occurrence indicates only that a heatwave is more probable than usual, it does so two to three weeks in advance — a major step beyond the 10-day reach of current forecasting technology.

environment360: Microbiomes at the Roots: A New Look at Forest Ecology With advances in genetic sequencing technology, scientists are now able to readily identify the microbes living in and around the roots of trees. This information is proving to have important implications for everything from tropical forest restoration to climate change planning.

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